In what could be contemplated as a latest blow to Cupertino, California-headquartered iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc., a US Federal Judge had ruled on Friday that the United States’ largest corporate taxpayer must ease its App Store rules, allowing developers to let their users use other payment systems, marking up a major triumph for ‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games alongside other app manufacturers.
Nonetheless, the verdict did not enforce Apple Inc to enable app developers to create their own in-app payment system for Apple Store, which happened to be one of top requests from Epic, while the latest court ruling appeared to have provided Apple Inc with a legal consent to charge a commission between 15 per cent to 30 per cent for purchases at its own in-app payment system.
Followed by the court ruling, Epic developers were quoted saying that they would appeal against the verdict, while Fortnite Chief Executive Tim Sweeney had tweeted that the court order ‘had neither been a win for developers, nor consumers.’
Apple asked to ease App Store rules
On top of that, the US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez had ordered Apple Inc on Friday to make necessary adjustments at its App Store regulations, however, several industry analysts were quoted saying that the impact of court verdict would depend on how Apple Inc would decide to instrument the pronouncement, suggesting a submissive vagueness veiled behind the court order.
Nonetheless, Judge Gonzalez also had ruled that the Californian iPhone manufacturer would no longer be able to prevent app developers from adding buttons or links at their apps which would direct customers to outside payment modalities rather than Apple Inc’s own in-app purchase system, while the verdict had enabled developers to communicate with their customers through contact information that the consumers had used during signing up for the apps.