Apple will allow dating apps in the Netherlands to use alternative payment systems, developers must maintain separate app binary

In order to comply with a decision by Dutch authorities, Apple announced on Friday evening that it would allow dating app developers to offer alternative payment systems other than Apple’s in-app purchase system, thus circumventing the reduction. traditional 15 to 30% of Apple’s DPI. However, Apple will still charge a commission on these purchases (details yet to be disclosed).

However, its implementation will not be easy. Developers will have to create and maintain a completely separate app binary that includes special rights and is only available in the Dutch App Store.

Earlier this week, Apple said it would allow third-party payment systems in Korea, but the company would still collect a commission on all transactions. Apple also indicates that these dating apps will have to pay Apple a commission on these transactions.

To deploy an App Store app with an included external payment system, apps must request one of two new special rights; the StoreKit External Purchase Right or the StoreKit External Link Right. As part of the authorization request, apps must declare the payment processor they intend to use, purchase support URLs, and other information.

The first right allows an app to include an in-app payment system, and the second allows the app to include a link to a website to make a purchase. Currently, Apple will only grant these rights to dating apps distributed in the Netherlands.

Obviously, Apple is doing the minimum to comply with the decision of the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets. He has previously said he is appealing the decision on customer safety grounds. Apple said any transactions made with the alternative payment system mean it cannot help customers with refunds, subscription management, payment history and other billing issues.

Maintaining an entirely separate application binary for a region is impractical. This hurdle is Apple’s way of discouraging developers from going down this path; they can avoid all the inconvenience by continuing to only offer the Apple in-app purchase. Depending on the commission rate set by Apple, it may not be worth it for a third-party developer to offer alternative payment systems.

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