For those unfamiliar, Dutch regulators had called on Apple to allow dating apps in the country to use third-party payments. Apple sort of complied but stated that they would still take a cut of 27%. This is technically lower than the 30% they would normally take, but take into account processing fees and whatnot, developers will end up paying more.
We assume that’s the whole point where Apple wants to make it more expensive for developers to leave their ecosystem, but Dutch regulators weren’t having it and have rejected Apple’s proposals. According to Reuters, Apple has yet to put forward a new proposal and as a result, are facing weekly fines until they do.
According to the regulators, they told Reuters, “We have clearly explained to Apple how they can comply. So far, however, they have refused to put forward any serious proposals.”
We’re not sure how long Apple plans to keep this up, but we can imagine that the company probably thinks that the fines they’re paying to stand their ground will probably be much less compared to what they could lose if they were to take a lesser cut, which could set a precedent in other countries.