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Apple explains to world why third-party payment options are bad

by on01 November 2021

Expects to get the Epic Games case thrown out

Fruity cargo cult Apple outlined its objections to allowing app developers to link to third-party payment options ahead of a hearing next month that could determine whether a set of antitrust court orders is put on pause.

The Tame Apple Press claimed a victory for Apple in the case brought by "Fortnite" creator Epic Games, after US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers upheld its practice of requiring developers to use its in-app payment system, for which it charges commissions.

However Gonzalez Rogers expressed concern that consumers did not have access to information about other ways to pay for apps. She ordered Apple to stop its ban on "buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms" beyond Apple's own payment systems. Apple appealed the ruling and asked for it to be put on hold.

Apple signaled that its strongest objections are to the requirements to allow buttons and links that provide a "mechanism" for outside payments. The filing provided the first suggestion that Apple objects less strongly to allowing developers to provide information about other ways to pay.

The company said that links and buttons harm its ability to require developers to use its in-app payments (IAP), which the court upheld.

"Restrictions on linking out are inextricably tied to Apple’s requirement that developers use IAP for purchases of digital content—a requirement this Court considered in detail and upheld against Epic’s challenge", Apple said.

Apple posed fewer objections to in-app messages about other forms of payment, but said it may want to "constrain their placement, format, or content" and that the judge's orders as currently written would not allow it to do so without facing further legal challenges.

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