• This Week in Apps: Fortnite returns to iOS, PUBG Mobile maker sues over copycats, Apple plans for alternative payments in South Korea

    13 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.
    The app industry continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the latest year-end reports. App Annie says global spending across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android app stores in China grew 19% in 2021 to reach $170 billion. Downloads of apps also grew by 5%, reaching 230 billion in 2021, and mobile ad spend grew 23%...
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  • The next iPad Pro will reportedly offer MagSafe charging and a 'brand new chip'

    The next iPad Pro will reportedly offer MagSafe charging and a 'brand new chip'

    13 days ago - By Engadget

    The murmurs of an iPad Pro with wireless charging are growing louder. 9to5Mac sources claim Apple is moving forward with an update to its pro tablet that would include MagSafe wireless charging, but not necessarily how you'd expect. Rather than using a previously reported all-glass back , the new iPad Pro could instead charge through an enlarged glass Apple logo built into a metal back. It would charge more quickly than an iPhone (expected given the iPad's added power draw) and carry stronger magnets to keep the charger in place. The refreshed iPad Pro would include some more universal...
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  • Apple App Store Will Now Allow Third-Party Payment Options For Dating Apps in the Netherlands

    Apple App Store Will Now Allow Third-Party Payment Options For Dating Apps in the Netherlands

    13 days ago - By Tech Times

    As part of the new changes, Apple is now allowing third-party payment options for the dating apps in the Dutch App Store.
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  • First crack in the armour as Apple allows Dutch dating apps to use 3rd party payment providers

    13 days ago - By WMPoweruser

    We reported in December that, after a two-year investigation, which narrowed to focussing on dating apps, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets came to the conclusion that Apple Inc broke its competition laws and ordered Apple to adjust the unreasonable conditions in its App Store that apply to dating-app providers. The court ordered...
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  • Apple will let dating apps offer third-party payment options in the Netherlands

    Apple will let dating apps offer third-party payment options in the Netherlands

    13 days ago - By The Verge

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge
    Apple will let dating app developers offer alternate payment options in the Netherlands in compliance with the Dutch regulator's ruling, according to a report from Bloomberg. This will allow dating apps - and only dating apps - distributed in the country to avoid Apple's 15 to 30 percent commission on in-app purchases.
    In a message to developers on its site , Apple explains that it's introducing two new optional “entitlements,” or specific app capabilities, that will let developers add third-party payment processors for dating apps in the...
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  • Apple will let dating apps in the Netherlands offer third-party payments

    13 days ago - By Engadget

    Apple is once again honoring regulations requiring it to allow alternative payment options in the App Store, although this one is highly specific. As Reuters reports , Apple confirmed it would comply with orders from the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers and Markets forcing it to allow third-party payment systems in Tinder and other locally-offered dating apps. The regulator determined on December 24th that Apple had abused its market power by requiring its in-app purchasing platform, and gave Apple until January 15th to make the change if it wanted to avoid fines. Like with past...
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