What you need to know
- South Korea has passed a law that will drastically shake up the iOS App Store.
- The country is going to ban mandates that developers must use Apple's in-app payment system.
- Spotify has welcomed the law.
As reported earlier today, amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act passed by the National Assembly will prohibit companies like Apple and Google from forcing developers to use their own in-app payment systems, paving the way for alternative payments. From that report:
One vocal opponent of Apple's App Store policies is Spotify, which says it welcomes the changes. "South Korea's app store in-app payment bill is a welcome legislative achievement that demonstrates the continued global regulatory and legislative momentum to curb Apple's abusive practices in the App Store," a spokesperson for Spotify told iMore. "It is past time to end Apple's monopoly on in-app payments. We applaud the Korean government for its leadership in removing barriers to innovation and competition for developers and returning power to consumers."
Apple, for its part, released the same response it has offered previously to the emerging law, telling us the proposed act "will put users who purchase digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage their purchases, and features like "Ask to Buy" and Parental Controls will become less effective." The company further added user trust in App Store purchases will decrease as a result of the move, leading to fewer opportunities for developers.
Spotify recently spoke out against a lawsuit between Apple and developers that was settled with minimal concessions made to developers, calling the changes a distraction that failed to address "the most basic aspects" of Apple's "anti-competitive and unfair App Store practices.
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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