Apple will follow a Dutch decision to leave a third-party payment option for dating apps, Reuters reported on Saturday (January 15th).
This will be the first time the tech giant has allowed external payments in an App Store app.
The company plans to release two “rights” exclusively for the Dutch App Store, which will allow developers to add third-party payment systems for dating apps and direct users to the web to complete transactions.
However, developers using external payments will need to submit separate, Netherlands-specific versions of their apps, according to to an Apple Developer Support page.
Apple will continue to collect revenue shares, which has been a point of contention in the past by governments and developers. The company says most developers selling dating apps are not based in the Netherlands, so the change would not benefit the local economy.
Additionally, Apple has stated that it will not be responsible for third-party purchase methods.
In a message to developers job on Apple’s website, Apple said that because it “will not be directly aware of purchases made using alternate methods, Apple will not be able to assist users with refunds, purchase history, subscription management and other issues encountered when purchasing digital goods and services through these alternative purchase methods.
Despite these concessions, the company says it appealed the decision, fearing the changes “could compromise user experience and create new threats to user privacy and data security.”
Apple has also seen speculation about its entry into the metaverse, which is gaining notoriety as companies like Nike enter the digital space.
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