Apple Announces New Settlement With Japan Allow Developers to Link to Existing Applications
In its effort to compete with the emerging Asian Leader, Apple has announced new agreements with two Japanese companies allowing developers to connect with their former iPhone and iPad applications. These agreements allow former applications to be translated into both English and Japanese languages. According to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of Japan, the companies have reached an agreement to work together in developing new and improved consumer protection measures for the Japanese market including “e-commerce regulations and standards.” The CPSC also stated that it will be working with these companies to “preserve and promote consumer awareness and participation.”
Association in the United States
The new agreement between Apple and three major Japanese companies allows developers to continue selling apps that were previously released in Japan after paying a one-time setup fee. The agreement also allows developers to continue offering premium apps in an unlimited manner as long as they continue to meet certain requirements. The companies are expected to announce several more deals and partnerships in the future. The Consumer Protection Association in the United States has welcomed the decision, stating, “Consumers should have a choice when it comes to buying apps from foreign companies.” The association has also called on Apple to institute stronger controls over the amount of money it is charging customers to download its apps. Apple has not yet commented on the recommendations.
One reason that Apple has not yet commented on the reports is that it is still early in the development stages of these services. This is similar to how the company handles its App Store, which is currently in the testing stages. A representative for Apple Japan could only provide a statement by saying that the company is “working hard” at “discovering innovative ways to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to use our products.” Apple will, however, begin collecting payment systems from various third-party developers. The company has not yet revealed which of its applications will require payment systems in order to use the App Store.
The United Kingdom and Australia are expected to be the first markets to offer App Stores
The App Stores is available in both the English and Korean languages. In addition to the U.S., they are also available in six other languages including Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. As previously announced, the United Kingdom and Australia are expected to be the first markets to offer App Stores. This is especially exciting news for those who speak English as a second language, or for those who have purchased iPhones before.
New payment systems
Apple has not yet disclosed which devices will be compatible with the new payment systems. The company is making the process easy for customers by simply setting up a free sign-up page for testers. This is likely done in an effort to attract more sign-ups for the subscription services. Subscribers will receive a code that can be input into their App Store account to gain access to the content within the application. Only those who own iPhones can use the South Korean and Japanese Fair Trade reader apps, so this is an excellent opportunity for those who purchased the older devices to acquire the new features.
iPhone and the iPad
Developers in both countries can create applications based on their own language. An English-Korean developer can create an application that reads as Korean and an English-Japanese developer can create an application that reads as Japanese. There are no limits on how the content from the applications will be translated. Users will only need to pay through their PayPal accounts when purchasing these services through the App Store. Both the iPhone and the iPad will be able to browse through the Japanese and South Korean reader apps, so this means that all of their content will be accessible to their respective user bases.