Apple: Arizona bill government mandate to give away the App Store
What you need to know
- Apple is desperately trying to stop a new Arizona App Store bill.
- That's because it could let developers use third-party payment systems, circumventing Apple's commission.
- Apple described the move as a "government mandate that Apple give away the App Store."
Apple and Google are desperately trying to stop a bill in Arizona, which Apple says is a government mandate to give away the App Store.
As reported by Protocol:
According to Cobb, there was a weekend where Apple and Google "hired probably almost every lobbyist in town." As the report notes, both Apple and Google are staunchly opposed to developers using third-party payment systems on its App Store. As the report notes, Apple's chief compliance officer Kyle Andeer told a hearing last week that the bill was basically a "government mandate that Apple give away the App Store". From the report:
The bill is supported by the usual band of parties trying to reshape Apple's online marketplace for iOS software, including the Coalition for App Fairness, as well as Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson, who said the bill was "easier" compared to a broader piece of legislation in North Dakota. Hansson marveled at how quickly the bill was moving in Arizona and said it would be "mind-blowing" if it was passed. The report notes "serious" opposition from some politicians who think supporting the bill could be seen as getting involved in Apple's lawsuit against Epic Games, where the matter is currently being litigated.
That case is due to call in court on May 3, and may even be held as an in-person trial, following months of Zoom hearings.
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