Whereas many builders are nonetheless ready for Apple to possibly sooner or later approve using third-party fee techniques, evidently “reader” apps now have an alternate the place Apple will now enable some of these apps to offer exterior hyperlinks to the app’s personal web site the place customers can handle their account and make funds.
For these unfamiliar, reader apps are primarily apps that show their very own content material like movies, ebooks, and so forth, so assume apps like Netflix, Kindle, Spotify, and so forth. What Apple has achieved right here mainly lets an app inform its prospects that they’ll handle their account and subscriptions by the app’s personal web site.
Which means if prospects need to subscribe on to Spotify or Netflix as a substitute of going by the App Retailer, these apps can now direct customers to the web site straight. Previous to this, a part of the App Retailer’s guidelines was that exterior linking for this type of use was prohibited and apps that have been discovered doing so may discover their apps faraway from the App Retailer.
In a approach it’s truly form of higher for some builders as a result of it permits them to bypass Apple’s 30% minimize fully for in-app purchases. Nevertheless, because it solely applies to reader-style apps, not all builders will be capable to make the most of it, like recreation builders who provide microtransactions, however we suppose it’s a begin.