Apple Rolling Out Tap to Pay on iPhone in the Netherlands

Apple is today rolling out Tap to Pay on iPhone in the Netherlands, according to iCulture.nl, allowing independent sellers, small merchants, and large retailers in the country to use ‌iPhones‌ as a payment terminal. Introduced in February 2022, the feature allows compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and […]

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Apple Watch’s Track Detection Feature Expands to France and the Netherlands

Apple Watch’s Running Track Detection feature has gone live in France and the Netherlands, according to French tech blog WatchGeneration. With Track Detection, the Apple Watch uses an Apple Maps database and GPS to automatically detect when you step on to an outdoor running track. In the Workout app, you can select which lane of […]

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Dutch Regulator Now Happy With Apple’s Rules Surrounding Dating Apps

Following a months-long saga, the competition regulator in the Netherlands has finally accepted concessions by Apple to allow dating apps in the App Store to use alternative payment methods (via Reuters). On Friday, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) released an update stating that “Apple now complies with the rules” regarding dating apps’ ability […]

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Apple Makes Further Adjustments to Dating App Rules to Satisfy Dutch Regulatory Requirements

Apple today announced further changes to its App Store rules for dating apps in the Netherlands in an attempt to comply with requirements put in place by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). Apple says that after “productive conversations” with the ACM, it is making the following updates: – Developers of dating apps in […]

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Apple Hit With Multi-Billion Euro Lawsuit for ‘Overcharging’ App Store Users

Wednesday March 30, 2022 3:44 am PDT by Sami Fathi Apple is facing a new multi-billion euro lawsuit out of The Netherlands that alleges the company overcharges users who purchase apps and in-app subscriptions through the App Store and accuses Apple of partaking in “market dominance” and “anti-competitive practices.” The foundation spearheading the lawsuit is […]

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Apple’s Fines in Dutch Antitrust Case Could Exceed €50 Million

Apple is facing yet another €5 million ($5.5 million) fine in the Netherlands for failing to sufficiently meet recently mandated alternative payment system requirements for dating apps, reports Reuters. Apple has been fined €45 million ($49.5 million) by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to date, with Apple racking up a new fine […]

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HomePod Mini Launches in Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland

Apple today started taking orders for the HomePod mini in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland for the first time, as spotted by iCulture. Apple said earlier this month that it would make the ‌HomePod mini‌ available to order in the above countries by the end of March, but never gave a specific release date. The […]

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Apple Fined €5 Million for Ninth Time in the Netherlands Over Third-Party In-App Payment Systems

Apple has been hit with its ninth €5 million ($5.5 million) fine in the Netherlands for ostensibly continuing to insufficiently meet new requirements regarding alternative payment systems for dating apps, Reuters reports. The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) said that Apple had sent it “new proposals” on Monday in an attempt to resolve […]

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Apple Defends App Store Changes in the Netherlands as Fines Reach €30 Million

Amid an ongoing dispute with the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in the Netherlands over the App Store, Apple has defended its plan to require app developers to submit an additional app binary for the Dutch storefront if they wish to use a third-party payment processing method. The ACM has ruled that Apple must […]

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Apple Would Rather Pay Up to €50 Million in Fines Than Address ‘Gatekeeper’ App Store Behavior, Says EU Chief

Apple would rather pay a maximum of €50 million in fines than address concerns brought forward by the Dutch competition authority regarding developer access to third-party payment methods on the App Store, the EU’s head of digital policy, Margrethe Vestager, has said. During a speech about the digital economy and privacy (via TechCrunch), Vestager said […]

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Apple Issues Statement Following Resolved Hostage Situation At Amsterdam Store

Apple has praised Dutch police as well as customers and staff at an Amsterdam store where a hostage situation yesterday came to a close with no injuries to the public and the suspect detained in custody. In a statement obtained by TechCrunch, Apple said that all employees and customers are safe after the “terrifying experience” […]

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HomePod 15.4 Beta Adds Dutch Siri Voice Recognition Support

Apple has added Dutch language voice recognition support for Siri in the latest HomePod 15.4 beta, further preparing the HomePod mini for release in the Netherlands in the near future. The addition of voice recognition, spotted by iCulture, means ‌HomePod‌ or ‌HomePod mini‌ will be able to identify who is talking to it in a […]

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Apple to Collect 27% Commission on Third-Party App Payment Systems in the Netherlands

Apple says it will take 27% commission on purchases made in dating apps through third-party payment options in the Netherlands, in compliance with a Dutch regulatory ruling. In an update on its developer support site, Apple said it would collect 27% commission instead of its usual 30% on transactions made in dating apps that use […]

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Apple to Allow In-App Third-Party Payment Options for First Time in the Netherlands

Apple will allow third-party payment options for in-app purchases for dating apps in the Netherlands, in the first ever concession of its kind (via Bloomberg). Following a Dutch ruling, Apple has agreed to comply with the demand for third-party payment services to pay for in-app purchases in dating apps. The move will circumvent Apple’s 15 […]

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Apple Pay Support Coming to Dutch Bank de Volksbank and Its Subsidiaries

Dutch bank de Volksbank has said it is bringing Apple Pay support to all its customers soon, including those of its subsidiary banks, reports iCulture. De Volksbank is the parent company of SNS, ASN Bank, and RegioBank, all of which operate in the Netherlands. “‌Apple Pay‌ will be made possible for the customers of SNS, […]

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Apple Maps Users in the Netherlands Can Now Report Traffic Incidents

Fall 2021 Apple Event Rumors: iPhones in September, MacBook Pros in Late October, and More Thursday August 12, 2021 1:04 pm PDT by Sami Fathi This year, Apple has already released several new products, including new iPads, the 24-inch iMac, the new Apple TV, and of course, AirTags. Looking ahead to the next few weeks, […]

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Apple Maps Expands Public Transit Information and 3D View in Portugal and the Netherlands

Apple seems to have expanded Apple Maps transit information and the 3D view feature in Portugal and the Netherlands. According to iCulture, Apple has added 3D rendering of satelite images to the cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Heemstede, Hoofddorp, Zaandam, and Aalsmeer. Previously, only Rotterdam, Eindhoven, and Utrecht were viewable in 3D in the […]

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Samsung Netherlands reveals 2020 QLED TVs and soundbars prices

Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV and soundbar lineups are being readied for market release in the Netherlands ‘in the coming weeks.’ The company has disclosed the prices for all of its latest products, ranging from the truly bezel-less Q950TS 8K TV and MX-T70 soundbar, to the more affordable T5300 32-inch TV and HW-T400 audio system.Samsung is […]

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