Apple has backed down from its beef with WordPress, in which it tried to force the free iOS app to offer in-app purchases of which it gets a 30% cut. As reported by The Verge, Apple decided it will allow the WordPress app to continue to be available on the App Store without making in-app purchases obligatory.
“We believe the issue with the WordPress app has been resolved,” Apple said in a statement to Digital Trends. “Since the developer removed the display of their service payment options from the app, it is now a free stand-alone app and does not have to offer in-app purchases. We have informed the developer and apologize for any confusion that we have caused.”
The issue came to light this week when WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg tweeted that his app was locked out of the App Store until it allowed in-app purchases for domain registrations. The most recent version of the WordPress app was entirely free, and although WordPress does offer some paid services like domain registration through its desktop platform, these paid services were not available for purchase directly through the app.
An Apple spokesperson said the issue was that there was a payment plan section in the iOS app. And it is true that app users could technically get from the app’s help section to a webpage where they could purchase premium upgrades, but only by a fairly convoluted method. Mullenweg said he even offered to block access to the site from iOS devices, but Apple wouldn’t accept that.