Apple’s Cook says app store opened ‘Gate Wider’ for developers

Apple’s Cook says app store opened ‘Gate Wider’ for developers

Apple’s Cook says app store opened ‘Gate Wider’ for developers

Apple normally charges 30 per cent fee for most in-app purchases but in the case of Amazon, it allegedly offered 15 per cent fee on subscriptions that signed up through the Prime Video app, according to an email exchange released by the US Congress panel during the testimony on Wednesday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is today participating in an antitrust hearing with the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee alongside Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

App Store policies aren't anti-competitive: "Apple's commissions are comparable to or lower than commissions charged by the majority of our competitors".

When asked about Apple's App Store policies, Cook defended the company, stressing that its policies apply to all developers and that it has not raised the fees that exist for developers since the store was launched.

He says that for the "vast majority" of apps on the App Store, developers keep 100% of the money they make. Specifically, Apple's enforcement of a 30% revenue cut for digital purchases and the lack of alternative methods to download apps on the iPhone.

When the European Union had initiated an antitrust probe in Apple over allegedly anti-competitive practices, it had said that "we can't let Apple be the gatekeeper".

During the haering, Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, suggested that Apple's App Store review guidelines are changed on a whim to benefit the company and shut out smaller developers.

Cook will refer to the findings of a recent Apple-commissioned study which showed that the App Store facilitated $500 billion in commerce across 2019. We have open and transparent rules - it's a rigorous process. "There's over 30 parental control (apps) on the App Store today, so there's plenty of competition in this area".

The smartphone market is fiercely competitive and companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Google have built very successful smartphone businesses offering different approaches. But even if Telegram's argument is weak, it's clear that every developer with an axe to grind against Apple is going to use this as an opportunity.

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