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Tech Giants Accuse Apple of Violating Court Ruling

Meta, Microsoft, and several other companies are saying that Apple is violating a ruling issued by a US court in 2021.

Apple has not adhered to the text of the ruling issued by a Californian judge for the Epic Games case; at least this is the claim that Meta, Microsoft, Match Group, and X (formerly Twitter) have filed with the court. The details of these companies’ objections to Apple’s policies were first reported by The Verge.

In 2021, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers told Apple that the company must allow developers to show users payment methods outside of the iPhone’s App Store.

Epic Games and other developers have a problem with the 15-30% commission that Apple takes from them, and because of Apple’s policies, they cannot show users payment methods outside of the App Store. Apple has taken a stand against developer protests, saying that the 15-30% commission is a reasonable amount for the extensive services of the App Store.

Meta, Microsoft, Match Group, and X, which have filed in court, say that Apple’s idea for complying with the court order is not accurate or logical. They say Apple’s plan to allow users to be directed through an external link is “complex and cumbersome.”

Epic Games had previously asked Judge Rogers to enforce her original order because Apple is in “clear violation” of the court order.

Now Meta and Microsoft have also decided to side with Epic Games and object to Apple’s way of complying with the court order. This shows that Apple’s policies have an impact even on the biggest companies.

According to the complaining companies, Apple’s 12-27% commission for external links defeats the purpose of the court order because it is only slightly less than what would normally be paid through the App Store. They say that the 12-27% commission will discourage developers from going the external link route and force them to stay with the App Store.

The companies have said that the requirements of the App Store’s in-app payment system hurt them and their users. For example, in 2022, Apple forced Meta to apply in-app purchase fees for a service that helps developers increase viewership of their posts. According to Meta, this change increased the cost of the service in question.

Apple has about a month to respond to the claims of Meta, Microsoft, and other critical companies in a legal filing.

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