Explainer-Apple gives ‘reader’ apps a way around commissions. Who wins?

Apple Inc on Wednesday made a new concession on how App Store developers work with customers: it will allow subscription and content apps that it calls “reader” apps, a category that potentially includes Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon’s Kindle, to provide users with a direct link to their website for sign ups, avoiding an Apple commission. Apple says “reader” apps provide previously purchased content or subscriptions for app-based magazines, newspapers, books, music and video services. Apple does not disclose the apps it categorizes as “reader” apps, but eBook readers such as Kindle, video and music streaming services such as Spotify, Netflix, AT&T’s HBO Max and Disney+ Hulu are likely to fall in this category.


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