Apple allows you to pay directly to third parties on iPhone

The technology company Apple will allow its users to manage their accounts and pay directly to content platforms such as Netflix and Spotify on iPhone

The Apple company announced that with the App Store Review 3.1.3 update, users will now be able to go to the different platforms to cancel and manage their accounts without being subject to the App. The content applications that are part of your digital store such as Netflix or Spotify, can integrate external links to their own websites.

The developers of the different reading applications such as: books, newspapers, audios, music or videos, will be able to request access to enjoy this advantage, as long as the programmers meet some requirements.

The first of the required steps is to complete the information requested through a questionnaire, but for this, those interested must open an account within the Apple Developer Program application development service, then they must answer some questions related to the content application created and finally accept the terms and conditions of this Apple service.

Characteristics that apps must have

For Apple to consider an app suitable, in addition to meeting all the basic characteristics of a reading service, it must allow its users to register and access content and services previously purchased outside the application. But they will not be able to offer “in-app purchases on iOS or iPadOS while using the external link account right, nor provide real-time personal services.”

As will be remembered, last year Apple began this type of concessions by signing an agreement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission, with which it allowed some services to insert links within their iOS applications, but now that option has been extended to other services.

With this decision, the technology company provides application developers with “an alternative option so that users can access their applications through external links, preventing Apple from taking its usual commission, which ranges between 15 and 30 percent”

Apple’s digital store will continue to host other applications without “alternative payment systems”, with which it will pursue generating income and charging commissions for purchases made within its App Store.

M. Rodríguez


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