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Arizona wants to get rid of Apple's control over in-app payments in the App Store, but that won't solve its problem with developers

Arizona wants to get rid of Apple's control over in-app payments in the App Store, but that won't solve its problem with developers

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Arizona's House passed a bill Wednesday prohibiting Apple from requiring the use of its in-app payment.




Columnist Jason Aten says this is the wrong approach to solving the problem between it and developers.




Apple should lower commissions on competing apps and allow game streaming to smooth over relations.




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On Wednesday, lawmakers in Arizona's House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit platforms like iOS and Android from requiring developers within the state to use the platforms' in-app payment (IAP) systems. Currently, iPhone apps are required to use Apple's system for all purchases, which allows it to capture a commission of up to 30%.The move comes after lawmakers in North Dakota rejected a similar bill. Both laws were backed by a group of developers known as the Coalition for App Fairness, which includes Epic Games and Spotify, among others. Then, on Thursday, the United Kingdom said it was opening an antitrust investigation into Apple's control over the iOS App Store. That follows a year of discontent between Apple and the developers who make apps for its platform.There are plenty of things that Apple could do to make the iOS App Store better, but none of these laws or investigations are going to fix the problem.
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