Following a recent decision by a US court, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made updates to its App Store guidelines, allowing developers to include links to external websites for in-app purchases. In response to the court ruling, Apple announced the introduction of the StoreKit Purchase Link Entitlement (US) within App Store Review Guideline 3.1.1. This update permits apps offering in-app purchases on the iOS or iPadOS App Store in the US to feature a link to the developer's website, informing users about alternative methods to purchase digital goods or services.
Apple clarified that a commission would be applicable to digital purchases not made through the App Store. For developers in the small business program, the commission rate is set at 12%, while larger developers are required to pay a commission of 27%.
In addition, Apple highlighted that developers opting for this entitlement, alongside in-app purchases, must be aware that certain App Store features, such as Ask to Buy or Family Sharing, will be unavailable to customers making purchases on the developer's website.
The tech giant also emphasized its inability to assist customers with matters like refunds, purchase history, subscription management, and other issues related to the acquisition of digital goods and services outside the App Store.
Simultaneously, in a filing with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, medical technology company Masimo revealed that Apple has modified Apple Watch models that lack pulse oximetry functionality. According to the document, Apple will temporarily remove the blood oxygen app from new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models sold in the US.
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