Apple Extends App Store Commission Waiver Till The End of June 2021

Ruben Fields
November 27, 2020

While Google has taken a 30 per cent cut for all in-app purchases on the Play store through its billing system, some apps have circumvented the rule by using other systems, such as direct credit card payments.

This deadline extension means developers have more time to incorporate in-app purchases in their apps where applicable and to temporarily reap the full profits of their sales. Initially, Apple said it would begin requiring apps to comply by December 2020. Now, the Cupertino-based giant has extended that to the end of June 2021 to help businesses and developers amid the pandemic. The company cited the ongoing and worsening coronavirus pandemic as the primary reason that it's delaying enforcement.

Facing backlash from developers, Google said on Monday that it will postpone enforcing a 30 per cent commission on in-app purchases of digital content from its Play Store from next January to next September.

The specific guideline relates to group events or services that apply to more than one person.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the company's policies regarding seasons and virtual events at a Congressional hearing in July by Representative Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Apple originally waived the in-app purchase requirement for group categories and events in SeptemberAfter Facebook introduced the paid events feature and tried to include a copy within its apps warning that a portion of the transactions for paid events will go to Apple.

Please note that guideline 3.1.3 (d) allows apps offering realtime person-to-person experiences between two individuals (for example, tutoring students, medical consultations, real estate tours, or fitness training) to use purchase methods other than in-app purchase.

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