Apple’s App Store Gets a Makeover: Streaming Games, Mini-Apps, AI Chatbots and More

Apple’s App Store has updated its rules to allow streaming game services and other apps that provide access to mini-apps or games. The changes could impact companies like Netflix, which has expanded into mobile and cloud gaming in recent months, as well as efforts from other tech giants like OpenAI, which offers a GPT store.

According to an announcement Apple published on Thursday, developers globally can now submit a single app that has the capability of streaming all the games offered in their catalog. This is a change from the prior rules which said that every individual game offered to iOS users had to be listed on its own, separate App Store page. 

This adjustment seems to be focused on the concerns emerging over OpenAI’s GPT Store, which functions like an app store of sorts for custom AI chatbots that work similarly to ChatGPT, but are designed for specific purposes. With the GPT Store and the rise of AI more broadly, Apple could lose a potential source of revenue if users were to browse and discover paid or subscription-based chatbots from within a larger app.

The changes to Apple’s App Store rules could also impact companies like Netflix, which has expanded into mobile and cloud gaming in recent months. The new rules allow streaming game services and other apps that provide access to mini-apps or games. This could make it easier for Netflix to offer its gaming service on iOS devices. 

In addition to the changes to its rules around streaming game services and other apps that provide access to mini-apps or games, Apple has also added in-app purchase capabilities for mini-apps, games, and AI chatbots. This means that developers can now offer in-app purchases for these types of apps, which could help them generate more revenue.

Apple’s App Store has updated its rules to allow streaming game services and other apps that provide access to mini-apps or games. The changes could impact companies like Netflix and OpenAI. Additionally, Apple has added in-app purchase capabilities for mini-apps, games, and AI chatbots.