The Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Apple and delayed changes to the payment of the App Store

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Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, center, arrives at U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif. On Friday, May 21, 2021.

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A San Francisco appeals court said on Wednesday that Apple does not currently have to change its App Store rules to allow developers to embed links to other payment methods in iPhone apps.

The suspension temporarily protects Apple’s control over its App Store and the fees it generates, which can be as high as 30% of digital transactions, until the court issues a warrant, he said .

“Apple has demonstrated, at a minimum, that its appeal raises serious questions about the merits of the district court’s ruling that Epic Games, Inc. failed to demonstrate that Apple’s behavior violated antitrust laws,” but showed that the same behavior violated California’s unfair competition law, “the court ruled in an order reviewed by CNBC.

This means the App Store can continue to ban developers from adding external links to other payment methods while the case is on appeal. The change to require Apple to allow developers to connect to other payment methods was ordered by Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, a federal judge in Oakland, earlier this year and was due to go into effect Thursday.

“We are constantly evolving the App Store to help create an even better experience for our users and the incredibly talented iOS developer community,” said an Apple spokesperson. “Our concern is that these changes would have created new privacy and security risks, and disrupted the user experience that customers enjoy on the App Store. We would like to thank the court for granting this suspension while the appeal process continues. “

Epic Games sued Apple last year, asking for the ability to install its own app store on iPhones.

As Rogers ruled in favor of Apple on nine out of 10 counts, it ordered the iPhone maker to relax “anti-direction” policies that prevented companies from telling their customers about payment methods. alternatives that did not use Apple’s iTunes billing. Rogers has previously said that if the changes are delayed until the appeal process is complete, it could take up to five years.

Apple and Epic appealed the decision to the California Federal Court of Appeals.

Apple Store developers claim that Apple’s fees, which go up to 30% of purchases, are too high. If app makers were allowed to link to their own website and directly accept credit cards from customers, they could cut costs, the developers said previously.

Apple says its control of the App Store allows it to ensure user privacy and security. Apple has also changed its software distribution policies several times, including reducing fees to 15% for small developers and some subscription apps, and introducing an appeals process for rejected apps. Apple said it would take a significant engineering effort to produce a new system

More recently, Apple settled a class action lawsuit, and as a result, the developers said developers can email their own customers to let them know about alternative payment methods. Wednesday’s stay didn’t affect the portion of Rogers’ order that focused on developers communicating with their customers.

Earlier this year, Google said its app store for Android devices would allow developers to manage their own billing in response to a new South Korean law, but Google said it would continue to collect fees even if developers handled their own billing.


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