Judge Lets Apple Further Delay Implementing App Store Rule Changes From Ongoing Epic Dispute

Apple does not yet have to implement changes to its "anti-steering" App Store rules that would allow developers to direct customers to purchase options outside the ‌App Store‌.

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As noted by The Verge, Apple was today granted a motion that prevents it from having to make ‌App Store‌ changes for 90 days, giving the company time to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Apple and Epic Games have been battling in court over Apple's ‌App Store‌ rules since 2020, and in 2021, the judge overseeing the case largely sided with Apple. She decided that Apple was not violating antitrust law with its ‌App Store‌ rules requiring developers to use the in-app purchase system, but part of the ruling did require Apple to update its "anti-steering" rules.

Apple has been ordered to implement ‌App Store‌ changes that will allow developers to use metadata, buttons, links, and other calls to action to direct customers to purchasing mechanisms outside of the ‌App Store‌, paving the way for developers to implement alternate payment methods.

While an appeal was ongoing, Apple did not have to implement those changes, but the appeal took place in April 2023. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling and again sided with Apple over Epic, but the appeals court also kept the ‌App Store‌ rule change mandate in place.

Apple claims that the ‌App Store‌ changes will "upset the careful balance between developers and customers provided by the ‌‌‌‌‌App Store‌‌‌‌‌," resulting in irreparable harm to Apple and consumers. Apple has also said that it needs time to figure out the "complex and rapidly evolving legal, technological, and economic issues" that the update would cause.

In April, Apple said that while it supported the court's ruling, it disagreed with the ‌App Store‌ changes and was "considering further review." Apple will now request that the Supreme Court hear the case.

At the current time, Apple has 90 days to make a filing with the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, Apple will not need to make ‌App Store‌ changes until the court makes a final ruling. If the Supreme Court does not decide to hear the case, Apple will need to make the changes.

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Top Rated Comments

LightProtector Avatar
10 months ago

Apple's App Store. Apple's own rules.

Apple App Store belongs to Apple. It belongs to Apple; thus, it needs to be played with its own rules. If these companies don't like it. Why not come up with their own App Store?
That’s the problem. They aren’t allowing any other stores at the moment.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AtomicDusk Avatar
10 months ago
I mean I don't ask Playstation or Xbox to let me buy stuff elsewhere... It'll be interesting to see the supreme court fight, if it gets there
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tripsync Avatar
10 months ago
Good. They shouldn't need to anyways.

Apple deserves the cut. Don't like it? Build your own phone. Don't want to spend billions in R&D like Apple did? Build for the Play Store. Don't like Google's Play Store? Build your own Android store. Don't like Android? Build for the web.

Plenty of options but self entitled developers think they get to control Apple's App Store. SMH.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
10 months ago
Apple's App Store. Apple's own rules.

Apple App Store belongs to Apple. It belongs to Apple; thus, it needs to be played with its own rules. If these companies don't like it. Why not come up with their own App Store?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
10 months ago
Glad that I’m in the EU…
It’s coming! ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erikkfi Avatar
10 months ago
I wonder if Harlan Crow owns Apple stock.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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