Apple Inc has sought a stay on a court injunction ordering changes to some App Store practices that the tech giant argues will “harm users, developers, and the iOS platform more generally.”
US district Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in September ruled that, starting December 9, Apple could no longer prohibit app developers from including buttons or links in their apps that direct users to means of paying beside Apple’s in-app payment system, which charges a commission to developers.
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In a notice of appeal before a US federal judge on Friday in the Epic Games case, Trystan Kosmynka, Apple’s senior director of App Review, said “without thoughtful restrictions in place to protect consumers, developers, and the iOS platform, this change will harm users, developers, and the iOS platform more generally.”
In her full 180-page ruling, Gonzalez Rogers expressed concern that developers were being prevented from communicating with iPhone users about alternative prices.
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Apple said in Friday’s filing that it expects to win an appeal challenging the order and that it wants the legal process, which could last about a year, to play out first, Reuters reported.
Epic separately is appealing the judge’s finding that Apple has not violated antitrust law through its payment rules.
“The requested stay will allow Apple to protect consumers and safeguard its platform while the company works through the complex and rapidly evolving legal, technological, economic issues,” Friday’s filing said.
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Apple in recent months agreed to loosen other rules about communications between developers and users as part of settlements with developers suing the company and Japan’s antitrust regulator.
The company said it has already begun discussing solutions that both satisfy Gonzalez Rogers’ request for consumers to be more informed and its desires to keep them protected from scams and continue collecting commissions.
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Apple is seeking a hearing with Gonzalez Rogers in early November on its stay request, while Epic’s opening arguments for its appeal are due December 12.
Apple has said it would keep “Fortnite” off the App Store until all appeals are exhausted.