Apple to allow third-party app payment options in South Korea - TechCrunch

Apple to allow third party app payment options in South Korea

Apple has submitted its compliance plans to allow developers to use third-party payment options in South Korea at a lower service cost, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said Tuesday.

The KCC also said it will contact Apple for more information, including the service charge structure and the exact date on which the payment option will take effect.

The news comes after South Korean authorities in October called on global app store operators such as Google and Apple to turn in detailed plans for the country's new law, which bans operators app stores from forcing developers to use their payment systems.

Apple told the KCC in October that it was already complying with the new law in South Korea, while Google outlined its strategy in November to introduce another payment system. overtakes its app store in South Korea in a move to pursue the new law, known as "anti-Google law" which came into effect in September.

Google said in its blog that it would reduce the developer service fee by 4%. For example, developers, who pay 15% for transactions through the Google Play billing system, would pay 11% through their other billing system.

Meanwhile, Apple's South Korean chief executive Brandon Yoon, who heads the app store system, suddenly left the iPhone maker in early November. According to media reports, Yoon's leave is not related to any other app payment system.

At the end of August 2022, South Korea's parliament passed the world's first bill to prevent global tech giants from forcing developers to use their in - app billing systems.

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“We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that will benefit our Korean consumers,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Apple said in its statement that the number of app developers operating in South Korea has risen to about 580,000, with more than 1.4 million apps available on the Korean App Store since 2008. Through In its App Store, Apple has helped Korean developers access markets and futures in nearly 200 countries worldwide, the company said.

“Apple respects Korea's laws and has a strong history of collaborating with the country's talented app developers. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and reliable place for our users to download their favorite apps, ”said the spokesperson.

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