The judge presiding over the Apple vs. Epic case has largely sided with the tech giant, except for one area: She ruled that Apple should allow developers to direct users to other payment systems within their apps. Any changes the company has to make to the App Store rules to accommodate this must be in effect by December 9, or so the judge originally ruled. But now, Apple has filed a Notice of Appeal (PDF file via CNBC) to demand that the injunction be halted, which could lead to a decline in the ability of developers to offer alternative means of payment for another year.
In its appeal, Apple wrote that it “has already taken concrete and specific steps in the direction indicated in the Court’s opinion – including agreeing to unblock targeted communications outside the app.” The tech giant argued that it “would be a poor use of resources” to ask them to comply with the injunction due to Epic’s “near-inevitable litigation” regarding the scope of its compliance. “There is no reason to spend resources,” she said, adding that “the moratorium will maintain the status quo while the appeal process progresses to its conclusion.”
Tristan Kuzminka, Senior Director of App Review at Apple, said:
“At a high level, I see that without deliberate restrictions to protect consumers, developers, and the iOS platform, this change would be detrimental to users, developers, and the iOS platform in general.”
Allowing developers to add in-app links to third-party payment options would be a huge turnaround for the company. Originally extracted It is an electronic game From the App Store when Epic offered buyers free discounts and offers if they made purchases directly from the developer. Shortly thereafter, the tech giant removed Epic’s developer tools as well. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney shared communications between the two parties in September, with the tech giant saying it wouldn’t allow it It is an electronic game Back in the App Store until all judicial appeals are exhausted. The process may take five years.
According to a previous analysis conducted by CNBCApp Store sales totaled about $64 billion in 2020. Apple typically takes a 30 percent cut on app purchases, though it recently cut that to 15 percent for all apps that earn less than $1 million a year. Giving developers the means to accept alternative methods of payment could cost the company billions of dollars. as Bloomberg He notes, however, that the judge who issued the injunction did not specifically state that the company cannot charge developers a commission for payments made outside the App Store. It remains to be seen if Apple will still require developers to make a downgrade, although it will be a complicated task if it decides to do so.
A hearing for Apple’s request to stop the injunction is set for November 16, but it is looking to move the proceedings to November 2.
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