Apple extends deadline for group event in-app purchase requirement

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What you need to know

  • Apple has extended the deadline for app event sales to be processed through in-app purchases.
  • The new deadline for developers to make the change is June 30, 2021.

In a news release on its Developer website, Apple has announced that it is once again extending the deadline for apps to offer paid online events through the company's in-app purchase system.

According to the release, Apple is extending the deadline for developers to make the necessary changes to their apps until June 30, 2021.

As the world fights COVID-19, we recognize that adapting experiences from in-person to digital continues to be a top priority. Although apps are required to offer any paid online group event experiences (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime experiences) through in-app purchase in accordance with App Store Review guideline 3.1.1, we temporarily deferred this requirement with an original deadline of December 2020. To allow additional time for developing in-app purchase solutions, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.

The company also notes that real-time person-to-person events involving only two individuals can continue to offer additional payment methods.

Please note that guideline 3.1.3(d) allows apps offering realtime person-to-person experiences between two individuals (for example, tutoring students, medical consultations, real estate tours, or fitness training) to use purchase methods other than in-app purchase.

The company had originally extended the deadline for this change back in September after Facebook complained that it would negatively impact small businesses trying to survive during the pandemic.

Developers can learn more about the upcoming change and how to ensure their app meets the requirements on Apple's Developer website.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.