Apple vs Epic: iPhone Maker Objects to Third-Party Payment Links on App Store


Apple on Friday outlined its objections to allowing app developers to link to third-party payment options ahead of a hearing next month that could determine whether a set of antitrust court orders stayed has gone.

After a long trial earlier this year”fortnite“creator” epic games, US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a ruling that was largely favorable to the iPhone maker and upheld its practice of requiring developers to use its in-app payment system, for which it charges a commission. Is.

But Gonzalez Rogers expressed concern that consumers do not have information about other ways to pay for the apps. he ordered Apple To circumvent restrictions on “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to a purchasing mechanism” beyond Apple’s own payment systems.

Apple has until December 9 to implement the order, but the company has appealed the decision and asked to keep the order on hold until the appeal ends, which could take a year or more. . A hearing on the request has been fixed for November 9.

Apple indicated for the first time on Friday that it has its strongest objections to requirements to allow buttons and links that provide a “mechanism” for external payments. The filing first suggested that Apple opposes allowing developers to provide information about other methods of payment less strongly.

The company said the links and buttons harm the ability to require developers to use in-app payments (IAPs), which the court upheld.

Apple said, “The ban on linking is inextricably bound by Apple’s requirement that developers use IAPs to purchase digital content – a requirement that this Court has considered in detail and upheld against Epic’s challenge.” “

Apple made fewer objections to in-app messages about other forms of payment, but said it seeks to “disrupt their placement, format or content” and that the judge’s order, as currently written, did so without facing further legalese. will not allow. challenges.

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