WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg lashed out at Apple for forcing it to monetise the free WordPress app, so that Apple could make its 30% cut. The deal was simple: WordPress needed to provide in-app payment plans and only then Apple would approve updates to the app. But Apple is backing off now by saying that the “issue with WordPress” has been resolved and WordPress continues to be a free app.
Not providing updates to the iOS app is not an option for WordPress, because it would need to at least provide bug fixes. But to do so, Apple wanted WordPress to include in-app payments, else it would not approve the updates. This is what angered Mullenweg.
In a statement to The Verge, Apple said” 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.”
This quick apology and the sudden fix has even surprised Mullenweg. He tweeted, “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.”
He also confirmed that WordPress need not include in-app payment plans. He tweeted, “I am very grateful that folks at Apple re-reviewed WordPress iOS (app) and have let us know we do not need to implement in-app purchases to be able to continue to update the app. Bad news travels faster than good, usually, so please consider sharing that they reversed course.”