Paddle offers an alternative to Apple’s payment service in iOS apps

Following a court ruling in Epic Games’ lawsuit allowing iOS apps to use alternative payment methods beyond those offered by Apple itself, Paddle, a popular payment system among business customers, has offered its own mechanism for paying for in-app purchases.

In a press release, Paddle proposed a “highly competitive payment structure” compared to Apple charging developers 15-30% of the purchase price for intermediation. Paddle promises to charge 10% for transactions up to $ 10 and 5% plus $ 0.50 for payments over $ 10.

As you know, Paddle is a payment system primarily for the B2B segment, supporting payments using credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal. In one of its promotional videos, the company has already demonstrated an application with an “Update now” button, which leads to the Paddle system with the possibility of payments using Apple Pay, PayPal or directly by credit cards.

Paddle said that companies interested in accepting payments in iOS applications can already register, and the service itself will be launched on December 7, 2021 – it is argued that such deadlines do not violate the court decision in the Epic Games lawsuit against Apple.

To be precise, Apple has no right to interfere with, including alternative in-game purchases, 90 days after the decision (it was issued on September 10).

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said Apple could no longer obstruct “Including in apps buttons, external links or other calls to action that lead customers to payment mechanisms for purchases in addition to in-app purchases.”

In the interpretation of Paddle, this allows you to integrate your own payment system into the software for the App Store, but it is possible that Apple has an alternative opinion on this matter – no comments have been received yet. Earlier, the “apple” company stated that third-party payment systems can jeopardize the privacy and security of users, including the risks of direct fraudulent activities.

Founded in 2012, Paddle provides payment services to over 2,000 software developers in 200 regional markets around the world. Among the developer’s clients are well-known companies like Setapp / MacPaw, Scrivener, AdGuard, Readdle and others.


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