Apple Fined In Europe For Lack Of Payment Methods On iOS

Apple: The market regulator in the Netherlands region fined Apple 5 million euros because the company did not cooperate in changing the iOS payment system.

According to the TechCrunch website, the original complaint arose from a complaint from dating apps in the region, asking for alternative payment methods to be incorporated into the iPhone operating system beyond using apples own stage.

The company claims it met the deadline and on January 15 allowed developers to use a link to direct consumers to other billing methods. However, this was deemed “inadequate” by the agency, who noted that developers have limited options to choose payment methods and can only “show interest” in adopting these forms of transaction for the time being.

And now?

if Apple does not implement the requested changes, the fine may be increased by a fine of up to 50 million euros.

In August 2021, the company even promoted some changes as a result of the lawsuit filed by Fortnite developer Epic Games. In the lawsuit, the brand was accused of anti-competitive market practices for not allowing easy access to forms of payment other than the App Store, as well as requiring the payment of fees amounting to 30% of paid downloads and microtransactions. so far, Apple has not officially commented on the matter.

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