Apple on Friday expressed its objection to allowing app developers to link to third-party payment options ahead of a hearing next month that could determine whether a number of no-confidence orders have been passed.
After a protracted lawsuit filed by Fortnight makers Epic Games earlier this year, US District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rodgers ruled in favor of the iPhone maker, repeating the practice of requiring developers to pay in their system’s Apps billed by it to use commissions.
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 while the appeal is pending, 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 strong objections to the need to allow buttons and links that provide “mechanisms” for external payments. The app provides an early indication that Apple is less outrageous and allows developers to provide information about other payment methods.
The company says the links and buttons undermine the ability of developers to use in-app payments (IAP), which is upheld by the courts.
“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’s Paul filed fewer objections to app messages regarding other forms of payment, but said they could “restrict their location, format, or content” and should not do so without further legal action based on a written order from a judge. Challenge.