It's generally thought that Apple came out on top in the
over the Epic v Apple antitrust lawsuit, and Epic
decision. Now it turns out Apple has
filed an appeal
as well. The company was ordered to allow mobile apps to
direct customers to outside payment options beginning December 9th. As
noted on CNBC
, the wheels of justice grind slowly, and if approved, a stay
could prevent this part of the ruling unfavorable to Apple from taking effect
If Apple wins the stay, which will be decided by a judge in
November, a rule change potentially allowing developers to circumvent App Store
fees of 15% to 30% may not take effect until appeals in the case have finished,
a process that could take years.
In September, federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favor of Apple for
nine of 10 counts in an antitrust trial brought by Epic, the maker of Fortnite.
Epic was seeking the ability to install its own app store on iPhones. Kate
Adams, Apple’s general counsel, said at the time the ruling was a “huge win.”
But Apple was also ordered to make a major change to its store and allow mobile
apps to steer consumers to outside payment methods, potentially providing a way
to evade Apple’s App Store fees.
That injunction is currently scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 9.