Apple Implements App Store Changes from U.S. Settlement

Posted on October 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, Dev, iOS with 6 Comments

Apple has made three changes to its App Store policies for developers related to an August settlement with U.S.-based developers. The changes are an important if minor step towards a fairer future for all developers who target Apple’s platforms.

“The updates to the App Store Review Guidelines support new features in upcoming OS releases, better protect customers, and help your apps go through the review process as smoothly as possible,” Apple’s description of the changes explains.

There are three changes, and one is directly related to the class-action lawsuit settlement: Apple removed a clause from its App Store policies that forbid developers from using information about their own customers to contact them and inform them about alternative (e.g. non-Apple) payment methods. Now, developers can perform acts like “sending an individual user an email about other purchasing methods after that individual signs up for an account within the app.” How noble of Apple.

Granted, this change is limited: It applies only to developers in the U.S., and Apple still doesn’t allow developers to communicate payment alternatives in their own apps.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Apple Implements App Store Changes from U.S. Settlement”

  1. red.radar

    No one reads email anymore its just a spam hole. Is the communication limited to email or can the app developer send in-app notifications?

    • Username

      > No one reads email anymore its just a spam hole. 

      moronic. Says more about you.

      • rm

        Actually red-radar is trying to make a point about people in general, you are ignoring the fact that a lot of people do not read their email. Almost sounds like you are trying to protect Apple and doing so anonymously.

        • pecosbob04

          "Almost sounds like you are trying to protect Apple and doing so anonymously."

          Prima facie that seems like more than a bit of a leap of illogic on you part. Protect Apple from whom or what? Apple has a fine team of in house lawyers and the wherewithal to engage outside counsel if it feels that its interests need protecting.They hardly need to use posters on a Microsoft centric web site to accomplish that goal. But, about anonymously I see where you are coming from rm.

    • JH_Radio

      I read email all the time.

    • Daekar

      The thing people don't pay attention to is phone calls. I estimate that 90% of the calls I receive are spam.

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