Judge’s Ruling Could Change the Mobile App Landscape

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Judge’s Ruling Could Change the Mobile App Landscape

Apple and Epic have found themselves locked in an intense legal battle over allowing purchases outside of the App Store payments system and over whether Apple was a monopoly. While Epic could not prove the latter, it did chalk up a big win on the former, assuming the ruling stands.

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As first reported by The Verge, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers issued a ruling in the ongoing Apple versus Epic case. She issued a permanent injunction that says Apple is “permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms.”

That means that developers, such as Epic, can direct people to in-app payment methods outside of the App Store, thus preventing Apple from taking 30% of the transaction.

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