Apple Extends Deadline For Charging Online Teaching Apps Fee Once Again

Apple Extends Deadline For Charging Online Teaching Apps Fee Once Again

Apple has again extended the deadline for requiring in-app purchasing for online teaching iOS apps that sell access to online classes and group events until 31st December 2021. This means that the company will not impose its 30 percent cut on them till next year.

 

The company justifies this move with the Covid-19 pandemic requiring that many rely on online education due to restrictions on gatherings and large crowds. Apple had initially given the deadline as 30th June 2021. However, with the new announcement, the developers have another six months before the deadline expires.

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Last year, to support apps that adapted services from in-person to digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we temporarily deferred the requirement to offer paid online group event services (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime services) through in-app purchase in accordance with App Store Review Guideline 3.1.1. As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, we’d like to support the communities that are still providing digital services in place of in-person group events by extending the deadline further to December 31, 2021,” Apple said on its blog.

 

Another reason the company might have made the decision to extend the deadline for online teaching apps could be due to the Congressional antitrust hearings that are trying to establish whether Apple and Google’s app stores are monopolies. Now Apple can claim that it’s helping out small businesses by not taking its traditional 30 percent thus encouraging them to flourish.

 

 

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