Apple & Payments

If you have ever been part of the Apple ecosystem, as a customer, a developer or both, you will have noticed that it is walled off quite thoroughly. Payments have to be made within the ecosystem, with no room whatsoever to offer payment options that circumvent Apple.

I get it, partially. Apple wants to make sure they get their cut (despite claims that it is all to protect the privacy of its users). But it is not user-friendly.

Now the Dutch anti-trust watchdog ACM as looked into this for the Dutch market. And while it is probably a long wait until any meaningful change, the first results give me some hope that things WILL change in the future. Let’s wait & see.

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