What you need to know
- Spotify and Epic Games have blasted changes to Apple's App Store which will reduce the 30% App Store cut for the 'vast majority' of developers.
- Epic's Tim Sweeney said the change was a "calculated move by Apple to divide app creators and preserve their monopoly on stores and payments."
Epic Games and Spotify have blasted Apple's plan to reduce its App Store commission rate for developers who earn less than $1 million a year in revenue.
As reported by The Verge:
Apple announced today it would reduce App Store rates for developers who earn less than $1 million a year in revenue, estimated to include around 98% of Apple's paying developers.
From the report, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney reportedly stated:
Equally critical, Spotify also gave a statement:
The report states that Sweeney further claimed that Android and iOS should be "fully open to competition in stores and payments", accusing Apple of "gerrymandering the community with a patchwork of special deals."
As noted in the report, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson also took to Twitter to criticize Apple in a long thread. Hansson has previously been very outspoken against Apple's App Store policies.
Machiavelli would be so proud of Apple. Trying to split the App Store opposition with conditional charity concessions, they – a $2T conglomerate – get to paint any developer making more than $1m as greedy, always wanting more. As clever as its sick. https://t.co/SLTh3qMOnPMachiavelli would be so proud of Apple. Trying to split the App Store opposition with conditional charity concessions, they – a $2T conglomerate – get to paint any developer making more than $1m as greedy, always wanting more. As clever as its sick. https://t.co/SLTh3qMOnP— DHH (@dhh) November 18, 2020November 18, 2020
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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. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9