The row between Apple and the Financial Times has taken an ugly new turn as Apple finally pulled the FT app for iOS amid disagreement over revenue sharing.
The decision comes as the FT refused to comply with Apple’s demand that all in-app payments and subscriptions hand over the same 30 per cent cut it collects from app purchases.
Back in June the FT launched a web-based version of its iPhone and iPad apps to circumvent the new rule and announced that it would no longer be updating the existing app unless Apple had changed its mind.
However, playing hardball in this way appears to have done little to sway Cupertino, which today removed the app from the App Store.
An FT spokesperson told PaidContent: “The FT iPad and iPhone apps will no longer be available to new users through iTunes.
“We are directing readers to the FT‘s new web app available at app.ft.com. iTunes will remain an important channel for new and existing advertising based apps.”
The FT claims there are currently 550,000 users of its web app – a figure similar to what it boasted in February for downloads of its now-banished iPad app.
New and existing subscribers can visit app.ft.com to continue to access the daily on their iDevices.