Apple is engaged in a global struggle to protect its App Store business model, and the latest development brings us to Russia. Apple is taking legal action after opposing a decision by the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service that would allow developers to promote alternative payment methods to Apple’s in-app purchases.
Apple takes a 15-30% reduction in revenue generated through the App Store, and apps on iPhone and iPad are only distributed through the App Store.
This includes monthly payments to subscription services like Netflix and Spotify. App developers regularly increase prices that use in-app purchases to compete with direct web payments where Apple’s 15-30% commission isn’t charged.
RT reports on Apple’s latest move to preserve its App Store policy:
Apple is seeking judicial review of a warning, which requires the iPhone maker to allow app developers to notify customers of alternative payment options while using its App Store platform.
The warning, issued by the government body in August, gave Apple a September 30 deadline to resolve the issue. At the time, the regulator warned that the Cupertino-based multinational risked a fine that would be calculated based on its income in Russia.
Apple refused to meet the deadline to change its policy at the end of September, and the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has taken legal action against Apple. Now Apple is contesting the claim by taking the FAS to court.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Apple is facing a similar situation where the court asks Apple to support third-party payment methods in the apps in the App Store. As it stands, Apple intends to collect a commission on these third-party payment methods.
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