Apple does not yet have to implement changes to its “anti-steering” App Store rules that would allow developers to direct customers to purchase options outside the App Store.
[Tim Sweeney, CEO of Cary-based Epic, immediately tweeted in response to the decision: “Sadly, Apple’s anti-steering rules – which both the District Court and the 9th Circuit Court found to be illegal – will remain in place, as the 9th Court Court stayed the injunction that puts an end to the practice. Justice delayed, again. Justice delayed, again.”]
As noted by The Verge, Apple was today granted a motion that prevents it from having to make App Store changes for 90 days, giving the company time to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case.
[Epic’s lawyers argued Apple’s claims “have no prospect of Supreme Court review” and that “Apple has no choice but to rely on arguments that are so weak that it previously only mentioned them barely, or not at all,” reported The Verge.]
Apple and Epic Games have been battling in court over Apple’s App Store rules since 2020, and in 2021, the judge overseeing the case largely sided with Apple. She decided that Apple was not violating antitrust law with its App Store rules requiring developers to use the in-app purchase system, but part of the ruling did require Apple to update its “anti-steering” rules.
Read the full MacRumors report at: https://www.macrumors.com/2023/07/17/app-store-rule-change-epic-games-delayed/
Read the full report from The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/17/23798090/apple-epic-supreme-court-app-store-appeal