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Apple to lower fee on in-app subscriptions for publishers in its News Partner Program

Apple's News Partner Program will start with a 15% commission rate.

Apple has a new program for publishers.
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Apple is making changes to how it works with news publications. 

In a blog post Thursday, Apple introduced its Apple News Partner Program, which is aimed at subscription-based news publications already using its Apple News format. Under the new program, Apple is lowering its commission rate on "qualifying in-app purchase subscriptions" to 15%, down from 30% for publications' first year. 

The Apple News Partner Program also includes a recommitment of support for nonprofits like Common Sense Media and the News Literacy Project, as well as support and funding for yet-to-be-named groups that "educate news consumers on media literacy and further efforts to diversify news coverage and newsrooms."

The program also comes with a list of eligibility requirements.

The move comes as Apple is still involved in a trial with Epic Games. The Fortnite maker sued Apple in August over its commission structure after Apple banned Fortnite from the App Store. Apple charges up to 30% commission for in-app purchases of digital goods like extra lives to play a game or a subscription to an app. That fee has faced scrutiny from companies like Epic as well as lawmakers.