Apple Objects to Links to Outside Payments Ahead of Epic Games Hearing

Apple on Friday expressed its objection to allowing app developers to link to third-party payment options ahead of a hearing next month, which could determine whether to issue a series of no-confidence orders.

After a lengthy lawsuit by Fortnite maker Epic Games earlier this year, US District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rodgers issued a ruling that largely favored the iPhone maker, justifying the practice of requiring developers to use their payment system a commission. .

However, Gonzalez Rodgers has expressed concern about the lack of information about other customer payment options for the app. It ordered Apple to end its ban on “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to a purchase mechanism” outside of Apple’s own payment system.

Apple has until December 9 to complete the order, but the company appealed the decision and requested that the order be suspended pending appeal, which could take up to a year or more. The petition will be heard on November 9.

Apple said for the first time on Friday that it had the strongest objections to the need to allow buttons and links that provide “mechanisms” for external payments. The first notice that was delivered was that Apple was less than acceptable, which allowed developers to provide information about other payment methods.

The company says the links and buttons interfere with developers’ ability to use their payments in the app (IAP), which is court-approved.

“The connection restriction relates to Apple’s request that developers use IAPs to purchase digital content, a requirement this court has examined in detail and enforced against the Epic challenge,” Apple said.

Apple expressed fewer objections to app messages regarding other forms of payment but said it would “restrict their location, format, or content” and would not allow judges to do so without further action. Challenge.

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