On Friday, the internet erupted in a small technique to study that Apple had efficiently pressured WordPress to monetize its free app — forcing it to promote premium plans and customized domains seemingly simply in order that Apple might get its conventional 30 p.c minimize.
But one afternoon and night of shock and outrage later, Apple is backing off. The firm is issuing a uncommon on-the-record apology, and it says that WordPress will now not have so as to add in-app purchases now that each one is claimed and achieved.
Here’s Apple’s full assertion:
We consider the difficulty with the WordPress app has been resolved. Since the developer eliminated the show of their service cost choices from the app, it’s now a free stand-alone app and doesn’t have to supply in-app purchases. We have knowledgeable the developer and apologize for any confusion that we now have induced.
You’ll discover that Apple is positioning this because the developer — WordPress — having achieved the precise factor and eliminated the “display of their service payment options from the app,” and to my data that is technically true. But so far as I’m conscious, that didn’t occur immediately: it occurred weeks or months in the past.
While as of yesterday, the WordPress app didn’t promote a single factor and didn’t a lot as point out a paid “Wordpress.com” plan except you adopted an unlikely workaround, I used to be capable of monitor down a fellow journalist this weekend who had a a lot older model of the app, one with a devoted “Plans” tab that listed a few of the totally different plans out there to premium clients:
That stated, my supply informed me there was no capacity to buy any of these plans — and I can verify all the “Plans” part had already been eliminated by the point WordPress developer Matt Mullenwag informed us Apple had efficiently pressured him so as to add Apple’s in-app purchases (IAP). (Originally, he’d stated Apple locked him out of updating the app except he added Apple IAP inside 30 days.)
What’s extra, Mullenwag informed us that he had beforehand supplied to strip different mentions of the paid plans out of the app (even workarounds like when a consumer views a preview of their very own WordPress webpage after which navigates to WordPress.com), solely to have these ideas rejected by Apple.
So, to one of the best of my data, this isn’t WordPress caving but once more. Apple merely appears to have determined that making an attempt to extract its minimize from a free app — by forcing in-app purchases — isn’t a hill value dying on immediately.
Update, 8:52 PM ET: The information apparently got here as a shock to WordPress’s Matt Mullenwag, who has a new Twitter thread here.
I didn’t count on the earlier tweet to get consideration outdoors the WP neighborhood. My understanding was the earlier resolution was last, and we had already made most of the arguments folks recommended privately over the a number of weeks the app was locked.
— Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) August 23, 2020