Federal regulators in the U.S. are currently conducting an antitrust probe of the App Store — and its Terms&Conditions, as well as the infamous 30% cut, are under the microscope.
Earlier this month an email app Hey was temporarily denied a place in the App Store because it allowed its users to sign up via their website, and not the app. This led to Apple losing the 30% cut, and Hey was welcomed back only after they changed their software in the App Store’s favor. But this incident made more developers come forward with complaints about the unjust treatment from Apple. One of the most common ones is the inability to pay subscription fees with anything but the App Store payment system.
The App Store developers are currently being questioned by the U.S. antitrust regulators. This June, Rep. David Cicilline, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Antitrust sat down for an interview with The Verge, where he compared Apple’s fees to robbing people on a highway and bullying. The 30% cut, he said, is too overwhelming for smaller developers, and doesn’t leave room for fair competition.