Apple continues to make it clear that it will collect its share of iOS app purchases
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If Epic was forced to pay the App Store fees after the trial and Tim Cook repeatedly said Apple would find a way to charge developers for iOS and iPadOS app purchases made outside of the App Store were not sufficient, a new court record from the company further nails the point.
Apple on Tuesday filed a response brief with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California supporting a motion to stay an injunction that would require it to allow developers to add alternative payment links or buttons in apps.
In the brief, Apple’s lawyers rejected Epic Games’ suggestion that the company would not receive a portion of transactions made outside of the App Store.
“This is not correct. Apple has not previously charged a commission on purchases of digital content through buttons and links because such purchases were not authorized,” the brief said. “If the injunction were to take effect, Apple could charge a commission on purchases made through such mechanisms.”
The issue at hand is a decision rendered by United States District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Although she was largely in favor of Apple, she made a ruling that would ban Apple from banning developers from adding alternative payment links or buttons in apps.
What I have come to assume is now black and white in this Apple case: if the injunction goes into effect, Apple seems likely to charge a commission on all transactions that start in the app, even though they’re done on the web. https://t.co/GVoEhiQbFS pic.twitter.com/uyXjAmM1uD
– David Barnard (@drbarnard) December 2, 2021
The section in the court file is not revealing. Back during the Epic Games vs. Apple hearings, Apple CEO Tim Cook specifically said Apple would get its share even without built-in purchasing mechanisms.
“We’ll have to find another way to collect our commission,” Cook said at the time. “Then we’ll have to find a way to track what’s going on and bill for it, and then sue the developers; it seems like a process that doesn’t need to exist. ”