New York (The Verge) — WordPress founder claims Apple cut off updates to his completely free app because it wants 30 percent theverge.com/2020/8/21/2139….
WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg is accusing Apple of cutting off the ability to update that app — until or unless he adds in-app purchases so the most valuable company in the world can extract its 30 percent cut of the money.
Is Apple seriously asking for WordPress owner Automattic to share a cut of all its domain name revenue? How would it even know which customers used the app? Or was this all a mistake? Apple, Automattic, and Mullenweg didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.
Here’s the thing: the WordPress app on iOS doesn’t sell anything. I just checked, and so did Stratechery’s Ben Thompson. The app simply lets you make a website for free. There isn’t even an option to buy a unique dot-com or even dot-blogdomain name from the iPhone and iPad app — it simply assigns you a free WordPress domain name and 3GB of space. — Sean Hollister/@verge