On Friday, Apple faced a massive backlash on the internet when WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg came through a tweet mentioned that they cannot fix bugs and update their app as Apple has locked them from doing so. He said that Apple locked them due to a lack of in-app purchases (IAP) for WordPress.com plans. Apple has already been involved in a tussle with Epic, and that issue has been on the headlines for quite a few days now.
Apple is already trying hard to win over Epic in the Lawsuit and already facing enough criticism from the people around the world. Apple definitely did not want the things to get complicated again and quickly responded and apologized to WordPress over the issue.
Update: statement from Apple clarifies that WordPress is indeed a free app that doesn’t need to offer IAP. Includes an apology for any confusion Apple caused: pic.twitter.com/oM1pW1HraD— John Gruber (@gruber) August 22, 2020
“We believe the issue with the WordPress app has been resolved. Since the developer removed the display of their service payment options from the app, it is now a free stand-alone app and does not have to offer in-app purchases. We have informed the developer and apologize for any confusion that we have caused,” Apple said in a statement.
I did not expect the previous tweet to get attention outside the WP community. My understanding was the previous decision was final, and we had already made many of the arguments people suggested privately over the several weeks the app was locked.— Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) August 23, 2020
The app has received an update immediately in Apples’s AppStore and continues not to have any additional in-app purchases.
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