The changes are now official.
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Apple announced a new set of App Store Guidelines with three key changes. One of the new rules is based on a previously announced settlement agreement with U.S. app developers. The company now allows developers to communicate with their customers about other payment methods available outside the App Store. There's also a new guideline that tells apps may request customer information like name and email, but also notes that the request must be optional for the user and shouldn’t prevent them from using the app.
The final third guideline, unrelated to legal action, gives more details on how developers can use a new App Store feature, called in-app events, rolling out soon.
In August, Apple revealed they had reached a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit that dates back to 2019. Back then, a group of U.S. app developers demanded the ability to share information with their users about alternative purchase options outside their iOS app and the App Store. Now Apple offers developers to "use communications, such as emails, to share information about payment methods outside of their iOS app."
"As always, developers will not pay Apple a commission on any purchases taking place outside of their app or the App Stores," the company added.
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