Apple and the Japanese regulator have reached an agreement that allows developers of “reader” apps to link to their own websites so that customers may maintain their accounts. The new policy will take effect in early 2022.
- Apple has been criticized in several regions, notably the United States and South Korea, for requiring developers to use its own payment systems, with critics accusing the company of anti-competitive activities.
- In this newest development, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reached an agreement with Apple that would require the company to amend its policies on reader apps so that consumers can purchase material. Apps that access “bought” or “subscribed” media in the cloud for app users to consume are referred to as “reader apps.”
- It includes Netflix, Spotify, Audible, and Dropbox, as well as digital periodicals, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video. According to Apple’s announcement, it will continue to revise its standards and approval process for users of reader apps until the change takes effect next year.
- “We have great respect for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and appreciate the work we’ve done together, which will help developers of reader apps make it easier for users to set up an manage their apps and service, while protecting their privacy and maintaining their trust,” said Phill Schiller, who oversees the App Stores at Apple.
- Apple has more than 30 million registered developers building iOS apps. Apple seems to be taking the scrutiny it’s facing among lawmakers, developers, and the public on board. Last week, it announced several updates that allow developers more flexibility for their customers, and the company also launched a News Partner Program to support local journalists.