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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Apple Apologises To WordPress For Forcing It To Monetise On iOS Store

 

WordPress' founder said on Friday that Apple was refusing to allow any updates to the WordPress iOS app until the website builder added in-app purchases, from which Apple takes a commission of 15% to 30%.

Apple is in a fierce fight with developers including Spotify and Epic Games, the maker of "Fortnite," over its rules about in-app purchases.

Apple has backed down in its latest skirmish with a developer over its App Store rules.

The tech giant on Sunday issued a rare apology to WordPress after it pressured the website builder to add payment options to its free iOS app to avoid being blocked from updating.

"We believe the issue with the WordPress app has

been resolved,"Apple told The Verge . "Since the developer removed the display of their service payment options from the app, it is now a free stand-alone app and does not have to offer in-app purchases. We have informed the developer and apologize for any confusion that we have caused."

Matt Mullenweg, WordPress' founding developer, tweeted on Friday that Apple had locked the app out from making any updates. Mullenweg later told The Verge that he had been forced to add the option of in-app purchases, meaning Apple would get a cut of those payments .

Mullenweg tweeted about Apple's U-turn on Sunday, saying WordPress would no longer be forced to include in-app purchases.

Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) August 23, 2020

Mullenweg did not address whether WordPress had removed a display with premium payment options, as Apple's statement suggested. The Verge's Sean Hollister said that while the app showed no payment options, it was possible that WordPress removed references to its premium services weeks ago.

Apple's rules about in-app payments are at the center of a fight with developers. Developers are obliged to use Apple's payment system, which automatically takes a 15% to 30% cut of payments.

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John Amadi

Apple always want my money. Nothing free from them

Endy Edeson

John; Yeah, that is why I like the founder of WordPress . He created his platform to help humanity , not for monetary games
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Ugo Awa

Greedy Apple, despite making a staggering 2trillion dollar profits in the last year

Endy Edeson

Ugo Awa I really comment WordPress founder for not agreeing with Apple. Many people around the world benefit from Open Source software , as it is an alternative to premium software. 

I have big respect for Programmers who create Open Source Software because they are adding value to humanity without price. 

Apple should try to make some of their apps Freemium too. 
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