Apple appeals order allowing optional in-app purchase options
Apple is appealing the decision of an antitrust case between itself and Epic Games over practices in the Apple App Store.
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Apple has asked a US federal judge to put a stay on orders that may require it to change some of its App Store practices. These came as a result of the Epic v. Apple lawsuit and will bring changes to the way Apple allows in-app payments. At the same time, it also said that it is appealing the decisions in the trial, as per court filings (reported by Reuters)
On September 10, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ruled that Apple should allow developers to include their own in-app purchase options. This would bypass Apple’s payment method, which would deprive it of deducting all in-app sales. Out of all the decisions given in the case, this is the only one that can be considered a loss for Apple.
The ruling states that Apple “permanently prohibits and prohibits developers from including their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that allow customers to make purchases other than in-app purchases and communications.” Directs to the mechanism through contact points voluntarily obtained from customers through account registration within the app.”
The ruling has yet to go into effect, but will take place on December 9 unless Apple is given its hold on the order.
Epic is also appealing the decision of the case, which also includes a permanent injunction against Apple. Epic was also ordered to pay 30 percent of all revenue earned through its alternative payment system as it was implemented because it was in breach of contract. The amount was £8.8m, but does not include the amount accrued during the continuance of the suit or the interest Epic was ordered to pay.
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