The tech company told ClassPass that it should receive 30 percent of the sales as its classes offered via iPhone app were digital, according to an unnamed source in the report.
Airbnb received a similar communication from the tech company once it started an “online experiences” segment that provided offerings like culinary instruction, according to two unnamed sources in the report.
Apple has indicated that it was seeking to have a rule followed that has been in effect as of the release of its inaugural app standards a decade ago. It said not charging the commission would not be equitable.
“To ensure every developer can create and grow a successful business, Apple maintains a clear, consistent set of guidelines that apply equally to everyone,” Apple said in a statement, per the report.
“It appears that Apple sets the conditions on how Apple Pay should be used in merchants’ apps and websites,” said European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, who focuses on competition policy. “It also reserves the ‘tap and go’ functionality of iPhones to Apple Pay.”
In January, ClassPass had secured $285 million in an Apax Digital and L Catterton-led Series E funding round, with support from current investor Temasek. The funds came after the startup’s international expansion into 28 nations and partnerships with more than 1,000 employers for its business wellness offering.
“We’re looking at everything,” Chesky said. “So, I probably shouldn’t speculate too much on it.”