Apple has finally caved to government pressure and ditched its most ridiculous App Store rule.
In response to a Japanese investigation, Apple will let so-called 'reader' apps link out to their parent websites. Netflix, Spotify, Kindle, and similar apps can now link to their own subscription pages, where users can sign up, and everybody can avoid paying Apple’s 30% cut of in-app subscriptions.
“It’s astounding Apple let things get this far. Why are they risking antitrust scrutiny around the world, as well as setting fire to their relationship with developers, over a minority part of the business?” says app developer David Heinemeier Hansson on Twitter.