Apple on Friday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a court order that would have required the tech giant to change its strict App Store rules and force it to allow app developers to inform customers about ways to pay for subscriptions and services outside the App Store.
V The September verdict follows a year-long legal battle between Apple and Epic Games., creator of the game Fortnite. Apple also asked the judge to postpone the decision to amend the App Store pending an appeal.
Changing the rules too quickly, Apple said, “will upset the App Store’s careful developer-consumer balance and cause irreparable harm to both Apple and consumers.”
Epic declined to comment on Apple’s actions on Friday.
At the heart of the struggle between the companies is Apple’s power over its lucrative app store. The App Store is estimated to bring in $ 20 billion a year, and its business model requires developers distributing their apps to the iPhone to pay Apple up to 30 percent of their sales.
Citing the fees and other App Store regulations unfair, Epic accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior and sued the tech giant in May, but Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Apple did not. have a monopoly on the mobile games market.
However, Judge Gonzalez Rogers said Apple violated California’s unfair competition laws by barring app developers from directing their customers to payment services outside of the App Store.
Long-standing App Store policies have not allowed companies to tell people using their apps that they can visit those companies’ websites or other places to pay for services. The judge gave Apple 90 days to change its rules and allow developers to advertise alternative payment methods.
On Friday, Apple asked a judge on Nov. 2 to consider its motion, called a stay of the injunction, in the hope that it would be granted an adjournment pending an appeal in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. , finished. The company said it could take at least a year.
Epic, also unhappy with some aspects of the judge’s decision, appealed the verdict shortly after it was handed down.
The question still remains what exactly Apple would be forced to change if the injunction were maintained. Some have speculated that developers could go further and offer their own competing payment methods in the App Store, but Apple said Friday it “disagrees with such a broad interpretation” of the judge’s decision.
The company said it has already done some of what Judge Gonzalez Rogers wanted, agreeing with part of the August settlement to allow developers use email and other methods to communicate with your customers about alternative payment methods.
The legal battle began last August when Epic tried to educate Fortnite players about Apple’s payment methods, resulting in Apple will download Fortnite from the App Store… Epic filed a lawsuit and the two companies met in May at a courthouse in Oakland, California. Apple recently denied Epic’s request to restore its developer account and return Fortnite to the App Store.
The controversy has generated a lot of interest from the tech industry as Apple faces allegations of anti-competitive practices and calls for regulation around the world, from Japan and South Korea to the European Union and Congress.