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Apple to Permit Third-Party Payment Options in iOS in S Korea Lacks Details

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Following South Korean laws aiming to open up the apparent monopolies of Google and Apple’s app stores, the American multinational corporation, Apple announced it will enable third-party payment options for the first time in iOS apps.

Apple’s intention to allow developers to utilize third-party alternative payment methods in their apps “lacks particular details,” according to the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

South Korea approved a regulation in August of last year prohibiting app store operators from pressuring developers to utilize its in-app purchase system.

Apple presented a compliance plan to the KCC last month to allow third-party payment methods in Apple’s South Korean App Store. Even if it uses a third-party alternative payment, Apple will collect a commission on all sales, although the details have not been revealed.

According to Reuters, South Korea’s KCC now claims that Apple’s presented plans “lack concrete details.”

The KCC is dissatisfied that Apple and Google continue to plan to charge commissions on purchases made through third-party payment methods, claiming that such commissions will encourage developers to stick with the App Store’s preferred payment option.

It would be counterproductive to any strategy if an app developer found it impossible to use an alternative payment system and instead relied on the dominant app store operator’s payment system.

Speaking about the Korean law, the American tech said in a previous statement thus:

“We look forward to working with the KCC and the developer community to develop a solution that benefits Korean users,”

“Apple has a great deal of respect for Korea’s laws and a strong history of collaboration with the country’s talented app developers. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place for our users to download the apps they love”

“Our work will always be guided by the safety and trustworthiness of the App Store for users to download apps.”  Apple added.


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