On Friday, a federal judge issued a ruling banning Apple’s restrictions on developers using its store to process users’ bills.
The judge ordered that developers provide an alternative buying mechanism outside of the Apple Store, which was taking a 30 percent commission on sales through its store.
The ruling is scheduled to enter into force on the ninth of next December.
Such a change could save app developers billions of dollars that could encourage them to lower the prices that consumers pay.
The federal judge’s decision came during the handling of a case brought by Epic Games, known as the maker of FortniteThe popular video game played by about 400 million people worldwide.
A . AgencyAssociated Press It said Apple shares fell after news of the ruling and fell more than 2 percent in Friday afternoon trading, reflecting investor fears that the ruling will deprive the company of billions of dollars in app sales commissions annually.
The ruling raised several questions from those interested in the technology sector in general and the company in particular.
The question is, will Apple demand devs not using Apple for payment processing to pay for hosting/bandwidth? Will they favour those apps less on the AppStore? Will they place other restrictions like you can’t use some iCloud APIs?
– Junaid Y (@ jdys_1991) September 10, 2021
Although the ruling by US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers He’s asking Apple to make some changes to its App Store, but he’s also endorsed the company’s right to ban other stores from offering apps for its iPhone.
“We face intense competition in every sector in which we do business, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world,” Apple said in a statement.
The company did not say whether it would appeal the injunction demanding that iPhone app developers be allowed to offer other payment options.