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    Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    Federal judge said Apple wasn't a monopoly but opened up another revenue angle for devs.
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    Re: Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    I guessed Epic would appeal, realistically nothing has actually changed. Sure, the ruling now permits linking outside the app for all (however long Apple takes to implement those changes to policy is another matter) but frictionless payment throughput is the contention issue. As someone whom has also worked on reseller websites, every extra click and every extra few seconds it takes is tangible how much less likely someone is going to purchase/pay.

    I highly doubt alternate app stores will be allowed, but Apple hoarding so much of the control to benefit themselves only is where the issue lies. And really, the ruling does not change how much control Apple holds over its developers.

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    Re: Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by HEXUS View Post
    "Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers," said Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.
    No it isn't.

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    Re: Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Sweeney
    "Epic is fighting for fair competition
    Oh the irony...

    I did kind of think they had won though - they now have a way to circumvent Apples policy, legally, with a relatively tiny bit of compensation to pay.

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    Re: Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1 View Post
    I did kind of think they had won though - they now have a way to circumvent Apples policy, legally, with a relatively tiny bit of compensation to pay.
    There's only of course the issue of them being kicked off the appstore and apple not restoring their dev account and the judge said apple was right by kicking them - even though the rules were illegal, they agreed to them was the judges argument.

    I think EPIC pretty much lost which is very sad

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    Re: Epic files appeal over last week's Apple antitrust ruling

    While my personal view aligns more with Epic in regards to the stores (I don't like the fact you couldn't advertise cheaper prices and that you don't have any option but to use apple payment etc..before case anyway).

    It's already been shown that even if Epic fully wins the case, Apple will likely just stop them from returning to the store like they're doing in South Korea where they've just made it law to accept alternative payment providers... I expect future court cases over not being allowed onto iOS, which will be interesting to say the least due to the question of 'who owns' the OS/device etc.

    Personally I'm all for alternative stores (I basically see it the same issue as IE bundling on windows) but at the very least I would like to see the option to use an alternative payment providers... I actually like how MS have tried to revamp their windows store where you can use different payment providers etc (still don't want to use it though)

    However Apple will fight this incredibly hard though because this isn't about security it's about money (same for epic really), a 'forced' 15-30% on all transactions soon adds up when you consider the number of iPhone/iPad and now Mac users.

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