Apple files appeal in Epic Games case that could delay changes
Tim Cook (chief executive officer at Apple Inc.), arrives in Oakland, California on Friday, May 21st, 2021.
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Apple will win the appeal, and a judge will decide in November. A rule change that would allow developers to avoid App Store fees between 15% and 30% could not be implemented until the appeals are overturned. This can take many years.
Federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in September in favor of Apple for nine of 10 counts in an antitrust trial brought by Epic, the maker of Fortnite. Epic sought to have its app store installed on iPhones. Apple’s General Counsel Kate Adams stated at that time that it was a huge win.
Apple also had to change its Store and permit mobile apps to direct consumers to other payment options. This could allow them to avoid Apple’s App Store fees.
Currently, the injunction will take effect Dec. 9.
Apple has yet to publicly explain how it will change its App Store policies in response to the order. But some developers have started to do so. build softwareBased on the interpretations of the ruling.
Apple Representatives said that Apple might be able change its App Store policy, and begin discussions with the judge to eliminate the need for an Injunction.
Apple made a few concessions in the last year to app distributor rules critics, as a result of lawsuits and regulatory attention. a strategy to limit more major changesTo its App Store. Apple claims it should decide which software iPhones can run on, in order to offer a better user experience.
Apple has filed a statement explaining its reason for staying. cites some concessionsIt was part of an August separate settlement with small-developers. This settlement still needs Judge Rogers approval.
Apple attorneys stated in court that the requested stay would allow Apple to safeguard consumers while it works through complex, rapidly changing legal, technological and economic issues that any revisions of this Guideline could implicate.
Epic was also required to compensate Apple for damages. Epic Games submitted a notice of appeal on September. Epic Games’ representative was not available immediately for comment.
It would put at risk the profit engine of Apple if app developers were able eventually to directly bill customers without Apple’s In-App Purchase System. Apple’s App Store, part of its services business, reported $53.8 Billion in revenue during fiscal 2020. It accounts for approximately 20% of Apple’s total revenue.
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