Apple doesn’t have to give app developers the ability to add links to external payment options — or nat least still.
Apple received a postponement today when it should be in line with the changes in the App Store, one day before the original December. 9 deadlines and just weeks after Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers refused Apple’s first request to anticipate the request.
The order, which allows developers to use external payment systems, came from a bitter quarrel between Apple and gaming giant Epic Games. In August 2020, Apple was removed Fortnite, one of the most popular games in the world, from the App Store after Epic Games added a direct payment option that bypassed the App Store’s in-app payment system and its 30% commission to Apple.
Gonzalez Rogers ruled against Epic, finding that the company had violated the contract with the developers and concluding that Apple had not created an unfair monopoly in the application space. Apple, however, did not come out unscathed – the company was found to be violating California’s Unjust CCompetition Protection Act. As a result, a a permanent ban was issued, forcing the technology giant to remove all barriers that prevent developers from using “buttons or external links” to direct users to alternative payment methods outside the App Store.
With the appeal approved by the American Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, Apple could wait to make changes in its payment system until the appeals in the case are completed, which is a process that could take more than a year. In the meantime, Apple will certainly do everything to give up the order completely. The stay, it is worth noting, does not extend to the second part of the ban, which requires Apple to allow “communication with customers through contact points that are voluntarily obtained from customers through the registration of accounts in the application.”
Apple has shown, to say the least, that its appeal raises serious questions about the merits of the district court’s decision that Epic Games, Inc. “It did not show that Apple’s conduct violated any antitrust laws, but it did show that it violated California’s unfair competition law,” the decision said. 9to5Mac.
In a statement to New York Times, Apple thanked the appellate court, but continued to argue against the ban.
“Our concern is that these changes would create new privacy and security risks and disrupt the user experience that customers love in the App Store,” the company said.
We have contacted Epic Games and will update this article if we receive a response.
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