The Epic vs Apple case has reached the Supreme Court
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The Epic vs. Apple case has reached the Supreme Court – its decision could change a lot for Apple

Apple has asked the US Supreme Court to review its decision in a case with developer Epic Games regarding the rules for using the Apple App Store. This litigation could be a pivotal moment in setting the rules for app developers and changing the current business model of Apple’s App Store.

    Image source: QuinceCreative / Pixabay

Image source: QuinceCreative / Pixabay

Apple is taking decisive steps to overturn a court ruling that allows users to be informed about alternative payment methods for in-app purchases. The company filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the court’s previous decision was too broad and violated constitutional rights.

Apple’s strict App Store rules to protect user security have long been controversial and a stumbling block for developers. Among other things, they not only prohibit developers from providing links to third-party payment systems, but also point out to users the possibility of obtaining more favorable conditions outside of the Apple App Store.

Thus, developers find themselves in the closed space of the Apple App Store ecosystem and the Apple payment system, where the company dictates its terms. This results in users potentially losing access to more profitable and convenient payment methods and developers struggling to find alternative ways to monetize their products.

This lawsuit is just one part of the ongoing dispute between Apple and Epic Games, the developer of the popular game Fortnite. Epic Games accuses Apple of violating antitrust laws and the court ruled in Epic’s favor back in 2021, leading to a series of lawsuits.

If the Supreme Court rejects Apple’s petition, it could have a significant impact on the Apple App Store ecosystem and lead to changes in the relationship between Apple and app developers. Such changes could reduce Apple’s App Store revenue and alter the company’s current business model, making the mobile app market more open and competitive.

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