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Judge questions Apple’s commitment to App Store payment alternatives

A federal judge has raised concerns about whether Apple has overly complex barriers that could deter the usage of alternative payment methods in iPhone apps.

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Judge questions Apple’s commitment to App Store payment alternatives

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ injunction requires Apple to allow app developers to embed links to alternate payment systems. Its goal is to diminish the company’s stronghold over app transactions, where commissions range from 15% to 30%.

The commission structure is a significant revenue stream for Apple and a focal point of contention regarding market fairness and consumer choice. The company’s defense pivots on the grounds of security and maintaining a quality standard within its ecosystem, according to to a report from The Associated Press.

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