Verification of Apple’s in-app payment system in the App Store is a source of frustration among government officials these days, with multiple countries accepting cards in this regard. A new report claims that India’s competing authority has also jumped on the Apple Regulation bandwagon, a move that will undoubtedly focus more on an issue that the company would rather stop talking about.
TechCrunch Friday report India’s Competition Commission, the country’s distrust regulator, has ordered an investigation into Apple’s in-app payment system within the next 60 days. Apple wants all app store developers to use its in-app payment system and takes between 15% and 30% of all revenue from all purchases.
The commission began examining Apple’s practices in September, According to Reuters, After a non-profit group called “Together We Fight Society” filed a complaint. To address this, the group claims that Apple’s commissions on app-mediated payments increase prices for app developers, subsequently barring them from entering the market and similarly to users.
“The existence of a 30% commission means that some app developers will never be able to bring it to market … it could also hurt consumers,” the Together We Fight Society complained, which Reuters saw but did not disclose.
The nonprofit also said that Apple’s policy harms payment processors in India, which charge much lower commissions than large technology companies.
Apple has reportedly asked the commission to drop the nonprofit lawsuit, TechCrunch said, because it was too small for an Indian player. It has a point. Out of 520 million smartphones in India at the end of 2020 alone 2% had Apple devices, According to Global Industry Analysis Firm Counterpoint Research. However, Apple is Fast growing In the country.
If India becomes Apple’s probe, it will join a growing number of countries, including the United States. Blockbuster Epic vs. Apple Cases – which are looking at the company’s payment system or directly controlling it. The Netherlands last week Company orders To allow dating app developers to offer users alternative payment options, Apple risks a decision that appeals or a 56.5 million fine.
In Asia, South Korea A law has been passed this year that prohibits Apple and Google from forcing developers to use their in-app payment systems. Meanwhile, Japan An agreement has been reached With Apple, the global reader app, which includes magazines, newspapers, books, music and videos, allows the inclusion of a single external link. Alternative payment options.
Gizmodo reached out to Apple for comment on Friday to confirm whether it was being investigated by the competing authorities in India and asked for comment, but we did not hear back at the time of publication. If we do, we’ll make sure to update this article.