After all the recent controversies with Epic Games and Fortnite, Apple has decided to update the App Store guidelines regarding video game streaming services and in-app purchases, to promote greater transparency between iOS developers and Apple. Here are all the news coming with versions 3.1.2 and 3.1.3.
According to what was also reported by the colleagues of 9to5Mac, Apple intends to turn the page and improve its relationship with all its customers starting from the in-app experience: Apple will now allow developers to use purchasing methods other than the one within the application in the event that this allows you to buy real-time experiences between two individuals, such as sports training, medical advice or real estate tours.
Furthermore, the Reader applications will henceforth offer the creation of free accounts with more features to manage the profile, dedicated in particular to already registered customers; free apps used in coordination with email services or web hosting should not offer in-app purchases if they are not required.
As for streaming games and services like Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud for iPhone and iPad, there are no specific updates to the guidelines but only clarifications: “These services are allowed as long as they adhere to all guidelines: every game update will need to be reviewed, developers will need to provide appropriate search metadata, games will be able to use in-app purchases to unlock additional features or features, and so on. Street”.
Thus, each game contained in the streaming gaming service will be treated as an individual app in the App Store, with its own specific page appearing in the store and in the rankings with its reviews and ratings. Any in-app purchases will need to be processed through the payment system managed by Apple.
There are also news regarding App Clips, a new feature of iOS 14: “App Clips, widgets, extensions and notifications must be related to the content and features of the app. Furthermore, all App Clips features must be included in the main app file, and App Clips must not contain advertising “.
Meanwhile, Apple is thinking about its future, in particular the successors of current CEO Tim Cook and the management team.