Apple again extends in-app purchase exemption for online group and event apps

Apple has extended its deadline requiring group and online event apps to once again comply with the company’s in-app purchase policy, as announced in a post on the company’s developer blog (via 9to5Mac). Apps in this category can now use other payment options until June 30, allowing them to bypass Apple’s 15-30% discount on in-app purchases.

“In 2020, we chose to support apps and developers who needed to adapt in-person services to digital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Apple wrote in the post. “Given the recent resurgence of COVID and its continued impact on in-person services, we have extended the most recent deadline.”

Apple introduced changes to its in-app purchases policy in September 2020, clarifying apps that offer “one-to-one and one-to-many real-time experiences,” such as online courses and group events. virtual, must process payments through the purchases application. However, the company changed its rules to allow “person-to-person experiences” consisting of only two people, such as medical consultations or real estate visits, to use other payment methods.

After coming under fire for charging commission to event platforms amid the pandemic, Apple decided to postpone its rule targeting group event apps to November 2020 and later extended the reprieve until December 31, 2021.

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