Apple will let developers contact users about payment outside of their apps

Apple announced today that it's settling its lawsuit with developers and as part of that agreement, developers will now finally be able to inform app users about payment methods that exist outside the iOS app. Previously, the firm had announced that developers were allowed to contact customers outside of their app, but they weren't permitted to do so using information obtained inside the app.

As part of the settlement, there are a couple of other concessions aimed to assist small developers. Developers who earned $1 million or less "for all of their apps in every calendar year in which the developers had an account between June 4, 2015, and April 26, 2021" will benefit from a fund. They will also be entitled to a reduced commission, while larger developers will continue to pay the App Store's usual fee on app purchases and in-app payments.

Other changes include the Cupertino firm increasing the available number of price points from "fewer than 100 to more than 500." Additionally, changes that were made in response to the coronavirus, including reduced commissions to 15 percent for developers earning less than $1 million a year, will continue to be in place for at least the next three years.

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