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I giveth and then take away-eth. The thorough back and forth details in the The Verge article paint a comprehensive picture, however they like many news organizations deserve tons of raspberries for a critical misunderstanding which Web24 News brings to light: Apple activates the update of the WordPress app. “According to his information, Apple made the activation dependent on Automattic enabling booking options for the paid WordPress.com plans via in-app purchase. Behind this was obviously Apple’s desire to take commissions from sales. Officially, the Californian company always argues with the user experience, which should be mapped as completely as possible in an app.”
The WordPress com/org issue is getting more and more annoying to see undefined and unclear outside the community. WordPress.com is not WordPress. The Verge should have focused on the app called WordPress developed by Automattic. It’s even worse, in The Verge post we have, “In case you’re wondering, WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg is denying that WordPress itself submitted an update that would have allowed iOS users to purchase premium plans: “There was no link to the plans page, and no direct way to buy plans from inside the app,” he tells The Verge.” I assume this is Matt speaking as Automattic, and should be clarified as such.