WordPress founder claims that Apple cut off updates to his free Apps because it wants 30%
WordPress- an iOS app that lets you build and manage the sites for free and that too on your iPhone or iPad. But, the developer of the WordPress is Matt Mullenweg. And, He has accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the application until he adds in-app purchases. Due to this, the company can extract its 30% cut of the money.
Matt Mullenweg twitted this below;
Heads up on why @WordPressiOS updates have been absent… we were locked by App Store. To be able to ship updates and bug fixes again we had to commit to support in-app purchases for .com plans. I know why this is problematic, open to suggestions. Allow others IAP? New name?
— Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) August 21, 2020
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The main thing is the WordPress app on iOS doesn’t sell anything; instead, it lets you make and build the website for free of costs. In simple terms, it gives you a free WordPress domain name and 3 GB space.
To be clear, the app doesn’t sell anything, and why would it? It’s an open source project. Apple is requiring the addition of functionality that has no plausible reason to exist.
— Ben Thompson (@benthompson) August 21, 2020
Apple admitted that in-app purchases are required for subscriptions of the users, allow users to access the content, and several features on other platforms as WordPress application is not selling anything on itself. Apart from this, you cant have more exciting features except uploading a file and selecting the themes of the websites!
Now, Mullenweg has stated that he will add a new in-app purchases for the paid tiers of WordPress site. That is going to include the domain name within just 30 days. Apple is agreed to allow update the Automattic app.
In short terms, apple won. World’s most prosperous company that successfully forced the app developer to monitor the app. By doing so, it can make more money. The next update is on the way so stay tuned!