We have three different forms of distribution for our SaaS (Web, Android and iOS) all currently reviewed and in-store in their free form ($0).

Our business model is focussed around a single subscription across all platforms and was hoping to use our existing system of Stripe > Webhook to updates all services of a users status.

Heads down in the development has overlooked the very confusing, constantly changing and expensive (70/30 split!) guidelines that Apple publishes.

We've developed blindly as looking at apps like Dropbox and many others offer the same subscription / account across all platforms.

My questions is how are they doing it? IAP? External subscription? From the guidelines you are not allowed to link to a 'Buy / Subscribe' button.

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You're not allowed to link to an external payment method, but saying that the app requires payment outside of the app is fine.

For example, mentioning in the app description that the app “requires a valid subscription to x” is acceptable, whereas having a link inside the app to “purchase your subscription here” is not unless that purchase is through IAP.

  • Well I would vote this up if I had enough rep... seems SO doesn't carry over to here...
    – Taylorsuk
    May 9, 2015 at 22:05
  • @Taylorsuk Thanks; once you earn 200 reputation somewhere, you get a bonus of 100 everywhere else.
    – grg
    May 9, 2015 at 22:11
  • Ok need 4 more on SO then I'm good :) cheers
    – Taylorsuk
    May 9, 2015 at 22:18
  • @Taylorsuk There you go then :)
    – grg
    May 9, 2015 at 22:19
  • Nice...another 44k to catch you!
    – Taylorsuk
    May 9, 2015 at 22:22

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