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Basecamp's new email service, Hey, is having app updates blocked by Apple and may be removed from the App Store—unless it adds in-app purchases, from which Apple takes a 15-30% cut

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    Deimos
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    Apple has now rejected their appeal (full letter at the bottom of the article). DHH said that Apple sent the letter to journalists before the Basecamp CEO even got it.
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    1. unknown user
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      This is the worst timing for Apple I can imagine, less than a week out from WWDC—but it's a well-deserved disaster of their own making unfortunately—and lends credence to the increasingly popular...

      This is the worst timing for Apple I can imagine, less than a week out from WWDC—but it's a well-deserved disaster of their own making unfortunately—and lends credence to the increasingly popular viewpoint that Apple only bothers to treat developers like royalty for a single week of the year. The other 51 weeks are the developer's problem.

      3.1.1 needs to seriously be reviewed, rewritten, and the institutions that allowed this rentseeking behaviour to become App Store norm need to be flushed out of Apple. This would probably require Phil Schiller to leave the company first, however[1].

      [1]: And honestly, I think it's time he did.

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  2. acdw
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    Now I may not agree with what Hey's doing [1], this is obviously and absolutely BS. I didn't actually realize Apple did all that they did on their App Store regarding payments and reviewing apps...

    Now I may not agree with what Hey's doing [1], this is obviously and absolutely BS. I didn't actually realize Apple did all that they did on their App Store regarding payments and reviewing apps (I use Android, and the F-droid repos when I can), and boy does it cheese me off.

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  3. unknown user
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    @Bauke, @Deimos: meta: re: the title here, my understanding is that IAP subscriptions via the App Store are garnished at a rate of 30% for one year, then at 15% following that. One-off purchases...

    @Bauke, @Deimos: meta: re: the title here, my understanding is that IAP subscriptions via the App Store are garnished at a rate of 30% for one year, then at 15% following that. One-off purchases are always at a 30% rate. Also worth noting this only applies for customers that sign up within the app.

    I've amended the title to be a bit clearer and less word soup.

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