Apple still decides to appeal in Epic Games case
In Epic’s lawsuit against Apple, although Apple has won favorable rulings on 9 of the 10 complaints, Apple is obviously not satisfied with this, because according to the ruling, Apple violated California’s anti-steering regulations and needs to allow developers to add external payment connections in the application in the future. This will cost Apple billions of potential losses, so Apple recently appealed this ruling.
The main points of Apple’s appeal this time are mainly focused on two aspects. First, it hopes to postpone the implementation of external payments. If there is no appeal, Apple needs to make an actual payment in December this year, the second is to hope that this ruling can be overturned. The reason is that Apple cannot protect the rights and interests of consumers if external payments are allowed.
In response to the request to postpone the implementation, Apple gave the reason that this allows Apple to protect consumers and the platform, but also allows Apple to respond to complex and changeable legal, technical, and economic issues.
“The requested stay will allow Apple to protect consumers and safeguard its platform while the company works through the complex and rapidly evolving legal, technological, economic issues that any revisions to this Guideline would implicate,” Apple lawyers said in a court filing.
For Apple, if possible, it is of course the best to be able to withdraw this decision from the court. Apple believes that once developers are allowed to add external payment connections in their applications, that is, third-party payment methods, Apple will not be able to determine whether the consumer has received the goods or services paid for it, and it cannot ensure that the content of the connected webpage will not change.