Apple will charge 27% commission for app purchases made using alternative payment systems in the Netherlands

By Benjamin Mayo

The biggest tidbit from this is the reveal of the ‘reduced’ commission structure.

Apple typically charges 30% commission on purchases made using its In-App Purchase system.

The commission levied on alternative payment systems has been set at … 27%, net of tax.

Netherlands dating apps can choose to offer alternative payment systems by linking out to a website, or using a native in-app flow.

Apps wanting to take advantage of this functionality must include special entitlements in their app binary and call an Apple API before redirecting the user, that presents a modal sheet that tells a customer they are being directed to a non-Apple payments service.

On the face of it, a 27% commission does not exactly seem like a compelling option — when Apple’s own In-App Purchase system is easy to use and deeply integrated into the system.

Apple says that the 27% cut is based on the price paid by the user, net of value-added tax.