April 7, 2022 | Lucy Penn
After initially announcing the update last year, Apple has now implemented a change to its guidelines surrounding reader apps which means a ‘reader app’ can now include a link to an external website for account creation and management purposes.
Apple defines a ‘reader app’ as an app which provides one or more of the following content types; magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music and video.
For an app to include this functionality we would need to request an ‘External Link Account Entitlement’ so that the app can link to an external website. Please note, that if an app contains this feature then it cannot also offer in-app purchases on iOS or iPadOS.
There are design guidelines and specific conditions on how this process should be implemented within an app to ensure the user’s privacy is not compromised. We are currently working on implementing this change across our Edition and Live solution and will provide more details on how our clients can utilise this new feature in due course. The image below shows an example of what that user flow might be.
In the meantime, you can find more information from Apple below.
Understanding app and link requirements [https://developer.apple.com/support/reader-apps/]
In addition to enabling an entitlement for your app and implementing the required External Link Account APIs, you must follow usage requirements designed to help protect privacy and security, prevent scams and fraudulent activity, and maintain the overall quality of the experience. Any link provided in a reader app must: