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Apple fined again over Dutch App Store issues

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What you need to know

  • Apple has been fined 5 million euros by Dutch authorities for the third time.
  • The ACM ordered last year that Apple must open up alternative App Store payments to dating apps like Tinder.
  • The body says it is still not satisfied with Apple's plans to comply.

A Dutch regulator has fined Apple 5 million euros for the third time, stating it is still not satisfied with its plans to comply with new App Store payment laws.

From Reuters:

The Dutch antitrust watchdog on Monday fined apple Apple (AAPL.O) 5 million euros ($5.72 million) for a third time for failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple payment methods for dating apps listed in the company's App Store.

It is the third such fine in as many weeks after Apple missed a January 15 deadline on the matter. The ACM said it was "disappointed in Apple's behavior and actions" and said it hadn't received enough information to determine that Apple was complying with the new rules.

Apple has announced plans to allow developers to create separate apps that enable alternative payments on devices like the iPhone 13 and its other best iPhones through the App Store, and sparked fury last week when it announced it would still charge 27% commission on payments made through the alternative means or externally after a user clicked on a link. One developer labeled the move "absolutely vile" and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said Apple's plan to comply was a "sham".

Apple has publicly reiterated its plans to collect commission on all payments handled on iOS either through in-app purchases or through alternative means.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.