Apple has updated its App Store rules to allow developers to contact users directly about payments, a concession in a legal settlement with companies challenging its tightly controlled marketplace.
According to therules Friday, developers can now contact consumers directly about alternative payment methods, bypassing Apple’s commission of 15 or 30 percent.
They will be able to ask users for basic information, such as names and e-mail addresses, “as long as this request remains optional”, said the iPhone maker.
proposed the changes in August in a legal settlement with small app developers.
But the concession is unlikely to satisfy firms likedeveloper , with which the tech giant has been grappling in a drawn-out dispute over its payments policy.
Epicaiming to break Apple’s grip on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of in its shop for digital goods or services.
In September, a judge ordered Apple to, but said Epic had that antitrust violations had taken place.
For Epic and others, the ability to redirect users to an out-of-app payment method is not enough: it wants players to be able to pay directly without leaving the game.
Both sides have appealed.
Apple is also facing investigations from US and European authorities that accuse it of abusing its dominant position.