In Japan the Tide is Turning for Apple

From 2022, paid applications will be able to direct users to their sites, outside the iPhone online store. A small concession in view of the stakes.

In Japan, the tide is turning for Apple. The consumer electronics group has finally conceded several rounds to its opponents. As powerful as it is, the Cupertino company will deviate from its sacrosanct rule aimed at controlling everything on its smartphones and tablets – from hardware to software, including services and its payment system. From 2022, users will have the choice to download certain applications from the online store, the App Store, but also – and this is a big novelty – to click on a link to go directly to the websites. Netflix, Spotify and others in order to pay for their subscription. Hitherto prohibited for security reasons, this bypass will allow publishers to no longer pay the commission (up to 30%) taken on each transaction.

Made under duress, this advance comes to close the investigation carried out by the Japanese competition authority (JFTC) since 2016 on suspicion of abuse of a dominant position. But this “gift” will not apply to purchases made inside most video games. A very popular feature and used in many titles, often free, which offer costumes, equipment or even paid weapons in order to develop a character in his quest. In the United States, judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has therefore gone further. Even though she felt that the group was not in a monopoly position, she forced Apple to offer alternative payment systems to everyone, including video game publishers, and gave it three months to comply. . However, this conclusion did not satisfy Tim Sweeney at the origin of this trial. The CEO of Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, has decided to appeal. “Today’s decision is not a victory for developers or for consumers,” he commented on Twitter.

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From 2022, paid applications will be able to direct users to their sites, outside the iPhone online store. A small concession in view of the stakes.

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