Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement 

Apple has granted industry mobile developers with a further reprieve after confirming that it will delay the changes being made to its terms and conditions on its App Store policy.

Updating its mobile policy, Apple has confirmed a six-month delay to its iOS design enforcement for betting-related apps, which were due to be implemented on 3 March 2020.

In June 2019, Apple updated its App Store review guidelines by imposing restrictions on ‘real-money wagering apps’ as well as clamping down on non-native applications – a decision that caused much industry deliberation on Apple’s motives with regards to monitoring gambling apps.

Apple had originally intended to enforce its gambling iOS demands by 12 September 2019.

After a number of complaints regarding an ‘unrealistic’ time frame to implement changes, the deadline was moved to March 2020 to allow industry operators extra time to comply with the new guidelines. 

It has also been reported that Apple has plans in place to implement a clear distinction between native iOS apps and HTML5 products. The tech giant was reported to be frustrated by the number of industry operators utilising ‘container wraps’ to index their mobile casino or sportsbook websites as apps on its App Store.   

Apple confirmed that its new real money app native IOS deadline will be pushed back to 30 June.

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