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Apple set to allow Netflix-type apps a sign-up link

Apple has agreed to allow apps like Netflix and Spotify to link to a website where users can sign up and manage new and existing accounts. The change which is called “readers apps” will take effect from early 2022. Apple who agreed with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), closing a five-year investigation said the change to what it calls “reader apps” will apply globally from early 2022 and the settlement does not affect in-app purchases in games, currently the subject of a US lawsuit against Apple.

"Apple's agreement with JFTC will help developers of reader apps make it easier for users to set up and manage their apps and services while protecting their privacy and maintaining their trust".

It is said that this will be the first time where Apple will be allowing apps such as Spotify to link to a website where users can sign up and manage new and existing accounts.

Presently, app developers are required to use Apple’s in-app purchase systems, and cannot usually point users to buying content elsewhere, which means that some apps only work if you already have a subscription obtained elsewhere, and do not offer in-app links to websites where you could sign up.

Giving the importance of the agreement, Apple said it will help developers of reader apps make it easier for users to set up and manage their apps and services while protecting their privacy and maintaining their trust.

However, the changes do not cover games, where the App Store rules are currently the subject of a high-profile US legal dispute with Fortnite developer Epic Games.

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