Apple wants to re-engage in court battle with Epic Games.
On Friday night, Apple said it needed to allow the app to direct customers to external websites and said it would ask the judge to stay in September. The ruling allows app companies to bypass Apple’s requirement to simplify payments within apps only, which Apple can save up to 30%. Apple is also suing over this decision.
Epic Games has also appealed the lost 9 counts, which could take years to resolve, forcing Apple to make changes to its iPhone operating system, iOS, both companies. On the appeal process in court.
The judge is expected to rule on Apple’s request for a stay next month.
Apple’s move is a surprising change from the post-September decision. Apple has always left open the possibility of an appeal, but the judge’s ruling is a legal victory for the App Store business model attacked by tech rivals, international regulators and members of the US Congress. expressed.
“I’m very pleased with the court’s decision and I think it’s a huge victory for Apple,” Apple attorney Kate Adams said after the ruling in September.
Friday night’s announcement sparked a torrent of comments from Apple critics. He explained that the move would benefit Apple’s App Store by preventing Apple’s App Store from using alternative payment systems. One company announced last week that it is already working on a cheaper web-based alternative to Apple’s in-app payments. This move was made possible only by a decision that Apple is currently suing. Apple hasn’t disclosed the App Store’s profit margin, but total revenue in 2020 was about $64 billion.
Apple said it has just filed an appeal as it faces a legal deadline this month. If Apple does not appeal now, it will lose its options forever and may change its mind and withdraw the appeal at any time. Apple has put the matter together as a way to adjudicate business decisions before they are fully concluded. The judge’s current order requires Apple to allow the app to link to the web in December.
If the judge allows Apple to continue the order next month, it will remain so until Epic Games and Apple settle the beef. This could take years and help Apple resist more imperative changes to the App Store model.
Meanwhile, there are many other external legal threats to Apple’s App Store. For example, a Senate bipartisan bill would force Apple to accept alternative in-app payments. In addition, Apple has already been forced to comply with Japan’s regulatory decision to allow certain apps to link to websites. (Japanese commands do not apply to games. Games are believed to be Apple’s biggest advantage over the App Store.)
Apple initially touted the Epic Games proceedings as a victory, but its appeal suggests that Apple will preserve its lucrative App Store model until the end.