What Apple said about doing business under Korea’s new law

From Yonhap’s “Apple to allow alternative payment system for 1st time in S. Korea” posted Tuesday in the Korea Times:

Apple said it plans to provide an alternative payment system at a reduced service charge compared with the current 30 percent charge, as the tech giant turned in its compliance plans to the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

The company did not provide the exact date of when the policy will take effect or the service fee to be applied but said it plans to discuss with the KCC on further details.

“We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users,” Apple said in a statement.

“Apple has a great deal of respect for Korea’s laws and a strong history of collaboration with the country’s talented app developers. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place for our users to download the apps they love,” it added.

My take: “Keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place” sounds like a lawyer-crafted loophole.


  1. Chris Ferebee said:
    Love the phrase “Apple has a great deal of respect for Korea’s laws”. That’s some elegant subtle shade.

    January 11, 2022
  2. Rodney Avilla said:
    as long as software cannot be side loaded, and a fee is paid for the services Apple provides in order for the software to run on iPhones, then the walled garden will stay walled and Apple will still generate lots of money.

    January 11, 2022
  3. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    So Apple is planning to collect a distribution fee even if alternative payment system are allowed. That diminishes the attractiveness of alternative payment systems for developers. I expect over time for Apple to push off the current App Store model and to offer more bundles similar to Apple One with different compensation arrangements for developers such as what’s currently deployed for Apple Arcade.

    January 11, 2022

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