What you need to know
- The Epic v. Apple judge seems to agree with Epic on a particular issue about the App Store.
- The judge thinks that apps should be able to tell their users about payment options outside of the App Store.
The Epic v. Apple trial could result in a pretty simple compromise.
As reported by Bloomberg, the judge overseeing the trial has hinted at a decision that would require Apple to allow developers to inform their users of other payment options outside of Apple's in-app payment system. Developers would be allowed to tell their users that they can purchase a digital good, perhaps for cheaper, on their website.
When Apple's expert witness pushed back, saying that adding other purchasing options would "undercut" Apple's App Store sales, judge Gonzalez Rogers said that she did not think those situations were "factually the same."
Apple does not currently let apps tell their users about payment options that exist outside of the app store. Netflix, for example, does not offer in-app purchases but is also not allowed to specifically tell potential customers that they can sign up for the service online.
The change would be huge for developers like Netflix, Epic, and others who wish to direct users to their own payment systems on the web, skirting Apple's in-app purchase system and therefore Apple's App Store fees.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
If you remember Bloomberg reported the low demand of the iPhone X, when all analysts were agree that it was on the way to become the best seller smartphone of entire market. Its happened. Best seller. Now they reported in wrong way a little part of the trial in tribunal. There are much more , no good for epic. Unfortunately bloomberg is still to have good consideration, infact you shared their article.
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