Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won’t have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge their customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee. CNBC reports:
Apple said the extension was to help businesses by giving them more time to transition in-person events to digital events during the Covid-19 pandemic. “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,” Apple wrote on its developer blog. “To allow additional time for developing in-app purchase solutions, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.” Last week, Apple announced that it planned to reduce its commission to 15% for app developers making under $1 million on Apple’s platforms in 2021.