Apple appeals judgment in Epic Games case and App Store changes may be delayed

Apple won a major victory in early September when the court found the Cupertino company right in the case to expel Epic Games from the App Store. However, the company was forced to accept payments from other sources on iOS apps and would have to make changes to its app store as early as the beginning of December.

Now Apple has appealed the ruling and the store changes could be delayed.

Apple wants to buy time on Epic Games case and App Store policies

In September, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers finally announced her decision in Apple v. Epic Games. Thus, the court ruled that Apple can no longer prohibit developers from redirecting users to third-party payment systems, but Apple doesn’t agree and is appealing the ruling – which could delay these changes for many years.

The company filed an appeal in the Epic Games case on Friday asking for a suspension of the injunction that will allow developers to add other payment systems within their applications in addition to Apple’s method. If the California giant is successful in its application, the App Store payment system change may not take effect until the end of the case – which it may take years.

Thus, the court will consider the appeal in November. Meanwhile, the decision handed down by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is suspended and is no longer expected to take effect on December 9, 2021, as was required by the September decision.

payment system in app (in the application) have to change

According to what was announced by Apple last month, the company expects to change its payment policy, allowing developers to redirect their users to services outside the App Store.

However, this change only applies to applications that offer subscription content to digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music and video. Judge Rogers’ decision states that this change should apply to all applications and not just those considered “readers”.

Apple Inc. and its directors, agents, servers, employees and any person in concert or active participation with them (“Apple”), are permanently prohibited from prohibiting developers from (i) including in their applications and metadata buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchase mechanisms, in addition to in-app purchases and (ii) communication with customers through contact points voluntarily obtained from customers via registration in the in-app account.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said.

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Today it’s still how Apple wants it and not how Epic Games wants it

At this time, developers still have to pay Apple a 30% commission for every sale made through the App Store system. Epic Games sued Apple after trying to circumvent the in-app purchase system in the App Store, which resulted in the popular game Fortnite being banned from Apple’s platforms.

Despite the ruling regarding the software store, the judge also ruled that Apple will not be forced to let Epic Games return Fortnite to the App Store.


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