In a move designed to comply with the EU’s incoming Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple will soon allow software developers to distribute their apps to Apple devices via alternative stores. From early March, developers will be able to offer alternative app stores on iPhones and opt out of using Apple’s in-app payment system, which charges commissions of up to 30%.
However, critics have said the changes do not go far enough, arguing Apple’s fee structure remains unfair, and that the changes may be in violation of the DMA.
Asked about Apple’s plans, EU industry chief Thierry Breton exclusively told Reuters: „The DMA will open the gates of the internet to competition so that digital markets are fair and open. Change is already happening. As from 7 March we will assess companies’ proposals, with the feedback of third parties.”
He added: „If the proposed solutions are not good enough, we will not hesitate to take strong action.”
Under Apple’s new EU regime, developers will still have to submit apps to Apple for review for cybersecurity risks and obvious fraud.
Apple device users in the EU will also be able to choose their default web browsers and contactless payments apps, meaning they could make contactless payments without using the Apple Pay system.
But even if developers opt not to use Apple’s App Store or payment system, they will still be required to pay a „core technology fee” of 50 euro cents per user account per year. Apple said the core technology fee only applies to developers who choose to opt into the new business terms.
Under the new business terms for EU apps, Apple estimates that 99 percent of developers would reduce or maintain the fees they owe to Apple, the company said. With millions of free users, companies such as Meta and Spotify are likely to get hit more than smaller developers.
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