Apple Requests Court To Delay Changes To The App Store Until the Appeals Filed By Epic and Apple Resolve

Apple Requests Court To Delay Changes To The App Store Until the Appeals Filed By Epic and Apple Resolve

California based renowned Tech company, Apple  filed a notice of appeal in the Epic Games case requesting for a stay on the order that allows iPhone developers to add in-app links to payment websites.

The company on Friday filed a plea in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division, requesting to suspend the September 10 injunction until the appeals filed by both Epic and Apple have been resolved.

If the court allows the stay which will be deliberated upon in November by a judge, a change in the rule may allow developers to avoid paying 15 percent to 30 percent in App Store fees that may not take effect until the case’s appeals process is completed, which could take years.

In an antitrust trial brought by Fortnite maker against Apple, the bench of Federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the September rulings favoured Apple for nine of 10 counts. Epic was looking for a way to install its own app store on iPhones. Kate Adams, Apple’s general counsel, called the ruling a “huge win” then.

However, the iPhone company was compelled to make some modifications in its store, allowing mobile applications to direct users to alternative payment methods, possibly circumventing Apple’s App Store fees.

That injunction, presently, is set to take effect on the 9th of the last month of the calendar year–Dec 9.

So far, Apple has not clarified the stance on how it would bring changes in its App store following the court judgement.

The impact of the announcement could be observed on the dashboard of Quantale as Apple’s social engagement amongst the users of Twitter and Reddit fell almost 36 percent combined with a fall of nearly 5 percent in the trading volume. 

58.87 million shares of the stock exchanged hands, 21.2 million below the average of 80.07 million. 

Apple’s stock closed its Friday’s intraday at $142.9 apiece, down 0.27% from the previous day’s close of $143.29.

CNBC suggests that some developers have undertaken building software in advance based on their interpretation of the rulings.

“At a high level, it is my judgment that, without thoughtful restrictions in place to protect consumers, developers, and the iOS platform, this change will harm users, developers, and the iOS platform more generally,” Trystan Kosmynka, Apple’s senior director of App Review, said in a filing on Friday.

“Apple is carefully working through many complex issues across a global landscape, seeking to enhance information flow while protecting both the efficient functioning of the App Store and the security and privacy of Apple’s customers. Striking the right balance may solve the Court’s concerns making the injunction (and perhaps even Apple’s appeal itself) unnecessary. A stay is warranted in these circumstances,” reads the notice of motion. 

As per the Apple representative, the company would like to engage in discussions with the judge and perhaps change its App Store policy.

In a filing explaining why it wants a stay, Apple quoted some concessions it made as part of a separate settlement with small developers in August. That settlement is yet to receive Judge Rogers’ approval.

“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.

The judge also ordered Epic to pay damages to Apple. Its judgement read, “Apple’s termination of the DPLA and the related agreements between Epic Games and Apple was valid, lawful, and enforceable” and that “Apple has the contractual right to terminate its DPLA with any or all of Epic Games’ wholly-owned subsidiaries . . . at any time and at Apple’s sole discretion.”

Epic Games filed a notice of appeal in the month of September.