Apple won’t make changes to the app store despite its epic case ruling. The tech company, Apple will not have to make any changes to the app store ordered in its epic case ruling while the case is appealed.
Apple Won’t Make Changes to the App Store Despite Its Epic Case Ruling
Apple may not have to implement any change to its in-app purchase system and its app store guidelines as ordered by the courts ruling in its ongoing legal battle with epic games. Although the tech company won the case by a large margin, apple was not acting as a monopolist as they have been ordered by the court to halt preventing app developers on the platform from adding links that directed users to other means of paying for purchases made in-app outside the store.
Both Apple and the epic games company appealed the original ruling. For epic, it was because it was not successful with its larger claims. Apple on the other hand appealed because it disagreed with the ruling over in-app purchases.
Apple was supposed and originally had until December 9th to make updates to its app store policies, but with the appeal case still on, Apple has asked the court for a stay on the injunction in regards to changes to its in-app purchasing model.
Apple Granted More Time by the Appeals Court
Apple has now been granted more time by the appeals court before the injunction goes into full effect. This simply means that developers on the platform will still have to continue with the existing in-app purchase model put in place by apple. Developers in general for the time being will not be able to point users to other platforms or their very own website to make payments from their own apps.
In a document filed today in the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit, the court has decided that the Tech Company, Apple, had demonstrated “at minimum, that its appeal raises serious questions on the merits of the district courts determination that epic games Inc. failed to show apples conduct violated any antitrust laws but did show that the same conduct violated California’s unfair competition law.”
The court also added that Apple has made a “sufficient showing of irreparable harm.” With that being said, it granted apples motion to stay part of a permanent injunction. The filing says that the stay will remain effective as long as the case is being appealed.
Apple’s Previous Arguments in Court
Previously, Apple has tried to argue its case for a stay, and the motion was denied by the court. Its latest attempt however was granted after the company changed its tactics, arguing, and a host of other things. One of the things however was that it would have to come up with a plan or a system rather that would commission purchases that took place outside the app store.
What Apple Had To Say About the Ruling
A spokesperson from apple however shared the following statement;
“We are constantly evolving the app store to help create an even better experience for our users and the incredibly talented community of iOS developers. Our concern is that these changes would have created new privacy and security risks, and disrupted the user experience customers love about the app store. We want to grant the court for granting this stay while the appeals process continues.”