Apple makes proposed App Store changes to comply with new EU rules after criticism from developers


Following criticism from app developers, Apple has revised some of its proposals to comply with historic EU technical rules, including dropping the demand that those wanting to create alternative app marketplaces have a stand-by letter of credit. Needed

The company and five other tech giants will have until March 7 to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), a list of dos and don'ts aimed at reining in their power and creating a level playing field for rivals and more choices. Determines. For users.

Apple announced proposals in January that allow software developers to distribute their apps to users in the EU outside of Apple's own App Store, as well as new fees and terms.

The iPhone maker said a change will now allow developers to sign up to the new terms announced two months ago at the developer account level.

“We have removed the corporate entity requirement that the addendum be signed by each subscription that owns, controls, or is under the control of another subscription,” Apple said on its website late Tuesday.

It also created a one-time option for developers to eliminate the addendum in certain circumstances and switch back to Apple's standard business terms for their EU apps.

Finally, it eliminated the demand for letters of credit from developers who want to create a rival app marketplace and introduced two eligibility criteria.

“A developer can operate an alternative app marketplace if its account has been in existence for two years and has an established app business in the EU with more than 1 million first-year installs,” Apple said.

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