Phil Schiller details why Microsoft's xCloud game service isn't on the App Store
What you need to know
- Phil Schiller testified in the Epic v. Apple trial today.
- The executive answered questions about why the App Store does not allow gaming services like xCloud.
Apple Fellow Phil Schiller took the stand at the Epic v. Apple trial today, and the executive defended how the company handles game services on the App Store.
As reported by CNET, many have criticized Apple for how it does not allow gaming services like Microsoft's xCloud through the App Store. At today's hearing, Schiller, who currently heads the App Store, says that the reason is quite simple.
When judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers asked why gaming was treated differently than movie apps like Netflix, Schiller had an answer for that as well.
While many will still disagree, it is finally good to hear it directly from an Apple executive why they take a particular stance when they come to the App Store.
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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.
Seeing Apple trying to talk around the elephant in the room that these rules are just arbitrary is at least amusing