Netflix has made a small change to its iOS app that will now take people from the app to its website to sign up for a subscription.
Upon tapping the new signup button on the Netflix app, a new window pops up informing people that they are visiting an external website and will “no longer be transacting with Apple”. As the first time 9to5 Mac . was seen by (opens in new tab). The message states that Apple will not be responsible for anything that happens to you on the streaming service. If you want a refund or are concerned about transaction security, you’ll have to raise it with Netflix.
9to5 Mac reports that change has begun to take over the world. We contacted Netflix and asked if it could confirm this. We’ll update this story if the forum gets back to us.
Although a small tweak, the updated Netflix app speaks to the changing iOS environment for both developers and users alike. It shows that Apple is starting to play nice with developers as it eases its notoriously strict App Store rules. For the everyday consumer, signing up for Netflix on iOS has never been easier.
Netflix used to allow people to sign up for its service directly through the iOS app but removed that option because Apple’s 30 percent cut policy All with in-app purchases. Not only that, Apple will not allow developers to add an external link to their website to avoid that hefty fee. Users will first have to purchase a Netflix subscription separately and then download the Netflix app to stream. It wasn’t the most difficult task, but it did add unnecessary extra steps.
What was once the rule of strict fasting, is now starting to loosen.
In March 2022 (opens in new tab), Apple announced a policy adjustment that would allow “reader” apps to provide links to their own subscription pages. Apple’s new attitude is driven in part by pressure to change. For example, there is a new Dutch law that calls for non-iOS payment options for people using dating apps in the Netherlands. Similarly, South Korea made law In 2021 that allows developers to bypass Apple’s fee.
At a glance, it appears that Apple has tweaked the Reader app to avoid future headaches, but there is one major omission.
Analysis: What about video games?
Apple’s App Store Guidelines define: reader app (opens in new tab) which provides a certain type of digital content as its main function. Magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music and video apps all fall under this umbrella, but video games do not.
This omission was pointed out by Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney on Twitter (opens in new tab). He complained that since Netflix can now avoid “Apple’s 30″ [percent] App Tax,” Why Can’t Video Games? Epic Games sues Apple for over 30 percent cut in 2020, The judge in the case ruled against Apple, seemingly allowing developers (opens in new tab) to implement their own third-party payment systems to avoid fees. The court’s decision paved the way for a March 2022 policy change, but games are still not included in the Reader app definition.
We asked Apple if it has plans to expand external link support for video games so that developers can avoid fees. All we got in return are links to reader app definition (opens in new tab). We then asked why video games were not included in the definition, but we have yet to hear back.
Speaking of which, if you are interested in iOS video games, TechRadar has a huge list of the best ones for 2022.