On Friday, the news aroused on internet that Apple had successfully effectuated WordPress to legitimize its free app enforcing it to sell premium plans and custom domain names apparently just so that Apple could get its conservative 30 percent cut.
But the other one afternoon and evening of present and rage later, Apple is backing down. The company is declaring a rare on-the-record apology, and it says that WordPress will no longer have to add in-app purchases now that all is said and done.
Apple’s full statement
While on the other hand, the WordPress app didn’t sell any single thing and didn’t so much as indicated as paid “Wordpress.com” plan except you chased an improbable workaround, I was able to track down a fellow journalist in this weekend who had been using a much older version of the app, one with a dedicated “Plans” tab that listed number of the different plans are available to premium customers:
WAS’NT IT ALREADY A “FREE STAND-ALONE APP,” NO?
That was mentioned, my source said to me that there was no capability to buy any of those plans — and I can confidently confirm the entire “Plans” section had already been removed by Matt Mullenweg who is the time WordPress developer, he told us Apple had successfully enforced him to add Apple’s in-app purchases (IAP). (Originally, he’d told Apple locked him out of updating the app except he added Apple IAP within 30 days.)
More added that, Mullenweg said us that he had offered to strip other mentions of the paid plans out of the app in the past (even workarounds like when a user views and do a preview of their own WordPress webpage and then navigates to WordPress.com), only to have those opinions rejected by Apple.
So, according to the best of my knowledge, this isn’t WordPress bending yet again. Apple simply pretends to have decided that trying to derive its cut from a free app — by enforcing in-app purchases — isn’t a hill worth dying on today.
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