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  • Apple cuts App Store commission to 15% for developers paid less than $1M per year

    avon b7 said:
    This move doesn't tackle the root issue that is being investigated on multiple fronts. That there is only one App Store on Apple devices. 

    Apple can legitimately charge whatever it wants but that isn't, and has never been, the root issue.

    I think Apple feels good news won't result from the different investigations and this reduction is a move to leave them in slightly better light when final rulings are delivered. 
    To be honest, this is an appealing point of the Apple ecosystem. I don’t want to have to install multiple store apps. I don’t want to have to give my credit card to other app stores, some of probably questionable quality. I don’t want to have to figure out which App Store to to go to check for updates. I don’t want to have to search through multiple app stores (or worse each app individually) to figure out what subscriptions I have. The single store brings a lot of advantages that I don’t want to give up and probably more I’m forgetting to list. I think people get too concerned about only cost and don’t see the chaos multiple stores could bring. The idea that costs would go down I don’t think is a sure thing either. it just means money going into different pockets, not less money. Apple spend a lot of money developing the chips and other technology in the phones. They spend a ton of money on the compiler and developer tools. They spend money developing the APIs the developers use. They aren’t going to just open this to other stores completely bypassing Apple. if it’s mandated, the stores are going to have to pay Apple something. 
  • Judge 'inclined' to grant protection to Unreal Engine, not Fortnite

    Pascalxx said:
    This sounds like Epic has a separate developer account for their Unreal Engine team which is marketed under a separate entity and Apple has threated to close both accounts, despite only one violating the App Store rules. So maybe they have a case after all?
    What I remember reading in the past is that the tax id (?) and emails on the accounts are identical. If your corporate identifiers are the same, then the accounts are under the same company. If SARL is really a different company not under epic shouldn't it have a different tax id? Personally, I think I agree with Apple pulling all the accounts with the same IDs. I'm not sure I'm against the judge ordering restoration of the SARL account, which is what it sounds like. It basically only means they get official access back to the dev tools and the normal App Store support tools I think. They'd probably get in trouble again if they tried to move Fortnite to the SARL account. 
  • Civil rights groups worldwide ask Apple to drop CSAM plans

    Little late for that now. Apple already opened that can of worms (if it is actually a problem) just by announcing it. I'd still kind of like to see this implemented. I think Apple has addressed this as best it can, and governments can mandate that companies scan for this stuff with laws regardless of any prior implementation. Tech has kind of created this problem of sharing these CSAM photos easily. I'd like to see them as part of the solution too.
  • Why Apple keeps buying companies - and how it's used them for maximum impact

    How could you leave out Fingerworks in 2005? It’s touch technology went into the iPhone, iPad and made their trackpad was it is today. Without them touch on the iPhone would have been far worse. I used to own some of their keyboards. Their touch technology was so far beyond anything else at the time. 
  • Apple, Google must file plans to comply with South Korean app store law by mid-October

    The cost of being a developer on the App Store has increased from $100 to $25,000 a year in Korea. You’ll need to upgrade to the new membership. credit for time remaining in your current membership can be applied to the upgrade or you can request a refund. 
  • Apple must make changes to in-app payment requirement, Dutch antitrust agency says

    jayweiss said:
    There will be no more FREE Apps. Someone is going to have to pay for the infrastructure that provides developers a storefront where their Apps can be discovered. 

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. 
    Doubtful. Free apps are a big part of what makes the AppStore appealing. 
    If these will have to start paying many will just leave and users will have to use their website.
    Then even more developers will not think it worth the trouble, and money, to be on the AppStore.
    This downward spiral might force Apple's take to go below break-even.
    Then what?
    Free apps exist because of how the App Store makes money. It’s a little bit Robin Hood style. The big developers do pay more and cover some of the costs, but that allows free app to exist. Without the current system (and maybe there is one that can replace it, we will see) this is a service that will no longer make economic sense and Apple will have to start charging developers more than the $100 yearly fee. Yes, part of what makes the App Store appealing is the free apps, and big developers also benefit from this. They are going to be killing the feature that made it so successful in the first place.