Apple App Store Awards 2021 HeroSource: Apple

What you need to know

  • Apple has won a stay for a part of the Epic v. Apple trial ruling.
  • The company has more time to fight against allowing buttons and links to external websites for payment.
  • It still has to allow developers to tell users about external payment methods.

Apple has won a delay in complying with some of the App Store changes required by the ruling from the Epic v. Apple trial.

In a statement released earlier today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has granted Apple a stay that will delay its requirement to implement certain changes to the App Store. While the company still has to allow developers to let users know that a payment option exists outside of the app, they have more time to fight the original order to make buttons and links to those websites available in apps.

You can read the entire court order below:

Apple, Inc. has moved to stay, in part, the district court's September 10, 2021, permanent injunction pending appeal. Apple's motion is granted.

Apple has demonstrated, at minimum, that its appeal raises serious questions on the merits of the district court's determination that Epic Games, Inc. failed to show Apple's conduct violated any antitrust laws but did show that the same conduct violated California's Unfair Competition Law. If the same conduct is alleged to be both an antitrust violation and an "unfair" business act or practice for the same reason—because it unreasonably restrains competition and harms consumers—the determination that the conduct is not an unreasonable restraint of trade necessarily implies that the conduct is not "unfair" toward consumers.'"" Apple has also made a sufficient showing of irreparable harm and that the remaining factors weigh in favor of staying part (i) of the injunction and maintaining the status quo pending appeal.

Therefore, we grant Apple's motion to stay part (i) of paragraph (1) of the permanent injunction. The stay will remain in effect until the mandate issues in this appeal. The existing briefing schedule remains in place.