iPhone maker Apple has revealed that developers of dating apps offered in the Netherlands can skip Apple’s in-app payment systems.
Apple’s stringent rules prompt developers to use in-app payment system that charges commissions of up 30 percent from developers of apps. Some developers like Tinder owner Match Group have argued that 30 percent commission is too high.
The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) last year ruled that Apple’s rules violated Dutch competition laws in the dating app market and required Apple to allow those developers to use third-party payment processors.
Apple’s App Store revenue is the biggest component of its $68.4 billion services business.
Apple said dating app developers will still have to pay it commissions for sales made outside of its in-app payment system, though it will give them a discount. Apple had previously said developers who were paying its 30 percent commission rate would owe it a 27 percent commission.
Some developers already pay Apple a lower 15 percent commission rate when they meet certain criteria such as retaining subscription customers for more than a year.
Apple’s previous rules did not make clear whether those developers would get a discount when using third-party payment services. Apple on Friday said those developers will pay a 12 percent commission when using outside payment systems.
Apple on Friday also said that Dutch authorities mandated changes to how apps look when using third-party payments.
Apple’s system will show users a warning that says the user will have to contact the developer over payment problems such as asking for a refund. Apple had originally included a button that would allow users to back out of using the third-party payment option after being shown the warning, but the iPhone maker said Friday that Dutch authorities had rejected that button.
“We don’t believe some of these changes are in the best interests of our users’ privacy or data security,” Apple said in a news post. “As we’ve previously said, we disagree with the ACM’s original order and are appealing it.”