Apple Inc announced on Friday a revision of some guidelines on its App Store, by relaxing restrictions for streaming games, online classes and also regarding when developers must use its application purchase system, which charges a 30% commission.
The company made the changes after criticism from developers about its practices in the App Store and after rivals such as Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company, refused to launch their streaming games on the iPhone due to Apple’s rules.
Among other changes in the rules is that individual virtual classes are paid outside of Apple’s payment system, although classes given to a group must still use Apple’s system and pay their fees.
The new rules also allow commercial applications, such as professional databases, to bypass the Apple payment system when selling to organizations, but will require the Apple payment system for sales to individuals or families.
Game streaming is key update here. But many more new rules, including: iOS 14 features, in-app purchases (and when they can be skipped), reader apps, enterprise apps, web hosting, email (heyyyy), streaming services in data plans, much more. (tip @Techmeme ) https://t.co/3Kgnc3r0af
— Sarah Perez (@sarahintampa) September 11, 2020