What you need to know
- Apple has filed a multitude of witness testimony for its upcoming trial with Epic Games.
- It includes claims from an expert witness that Apple would have to redesign its hardware and software to facilitate alternative App Stores.
- Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney slammed the claims as "baloney".
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has called the claims of an Apple expert witness "baloney" following the Cupertino company's filing of its evidence ahead of its antitrust battle.
Apple expert witness filings submitted to the court Wednesday includes testimony from Professor Daniel L. Rubinfeld, PH.D. One section of a summary of the professor's evidence regarding alternative app stores from one court document states:
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney blasted this claim as baloney, citing Apple's own Enterprise Program as an existing mechanism for distributing apps outside of the iOS App Store:
That's baloney! iOS already has a mechanism for users to install apps from the web - the Apple Enterprise Program. Only contractual limitations prevent it from being used for consumer software distribution.https://t.co/TfUN3rqHTmThat's baloney! iOS already has a mechanism for users to install apps from the web - the Apple Enterprise Program. Only contractual limitations prevent it from being used for consumer software distribution.https://t.co/TfUN3rqHTm— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 14, 2021April 14, 2021
Rubinfeld's testimony summary highlights a few of the arguments we can expect Apple to make in defense of the iPhone and its App Store policies at the trial next month, here are a few snippets:
The trial will begin on May 3.
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