New iOS 15 tools could be a blessing for small businesses and developers

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As part of the launch of iOS 15, Apple has also updated its set of APIs for in-app purchases and subscriptions with the release of StoreKit 2.

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StoreKit 2’s new Swift-based tools will be quite useful for developers as they will allow them to more easily track and support their customer’s purchases instead of relying on third-party solutions like RevenueKit.

According to a new blog post from Apple, new tools in StoreKit 2 will give developers everything they need to determine product eligibility and eligibility for special offers, quickly get a user’s in-app purchase history, request refunds, and more. Provide a way to manage subscriptions from within their apps and more.

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StoreKit 2 also uses Switch Consideration and JSON Web Signatures to simplify the way developers obtain product information and handle transactions.


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In a separate blog post, RevenueKit highlighted the fact that StoreKit 2’s features will only work with devices running iOS 15.

As a result, developers whose apps still support older versions of iOS are encouraged to use the native StoreKit instead. Thankfully though, both StoreKit 2 and StoreKit are interoperable and purchases made using the native API can still be accessed using the new API.

The release of StoreKit 2 will give developers and small businesses the possibility to add even more in-app purchases as well as subscription offerings to their apps, which could lead to some interesting new consumer experiences.

However, Apple will receive 30 percent of any purchases made by users of the app, despite the ongoing controversy over the company’s large cut in developer revenue.

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