Apple Further Extends In-App Purchase Exemptions for Online Group Apps

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 21, 2022


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Apple has extended the deadline for online group and event apps using alternative payment methods until June 30.

Another Extension 

Online group and event apps on the App Store can continue to use alternative methods until June 30. The company confirmed the extended deadline that required paid online group services to use in-app purchases.

So, the app creators can continue to skirt the 15% to 30% cut that Apple earns from in-app purchases. 

Apple released a blog post on Saturday, explaining:

“In 2022, we chose to support apps and developers that needed to adapt services from in-person to digital as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company wrote. “Given the recent resurgence of COVID and its continued impact on in-person services, we’ve extended the most recent deadline to June 30, 2022.”

This is not the first time Apple is extending the deadline. It made updates to its App Store guidelines in September 2020. Some of those changes demanded that online class and group events apps process their payments using in-app purchases. 

However, in the face of public scrutiny for charging standard commissions, the company temporarily stayed the policy twice. First until November 2020, and then until December 2021.



Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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