Well that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s testimony is over and on Monday with both Epic and with Apple should be able to present their final arguments. Once that’s done, Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers will go over any testimony recorded during the two week trial that began with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney at the booth and ended with answering questions under oath through Apple’s Cook. Since this was a banking process without a jury, the judge will publish her decision by mid-August, she said yesterday.
Apple CEO Cook is delighted by Judge Gonzalez Rogers at the booth
Before the CEO stepped down from the booth, Judge Gonzalez Rogers wanted to discuss a survey conducted by Apple that found 39% of the company’s developers are unhappy with the tech giant’s distribution of their apps. Given the high number of developers showing their displeasure, the judge wanted to know if Apple was forced to “cater to their needs.” This led to an interesting exchange between the executive and the judge.
Epic offers iOS and Android users a discount for processing an in-app purchase via its own platform
Cook said that given the number of submitted apps that are rejected by Apple, there is always “friction” with app developers, and that friction is actually good for users as they feel that the apps they install are “safe” and trustworthy “. Judge Gonzalez Rogers responded by testifying to Apple’s top executive that “it doesn’t look like you are feeling pressure or competition to change the way you act to address developer concerns.” ZING!
According to Engadget said the judge was “incredibly important” that the bulk of in-app purchases were from gaming apps, noting that banking apps like Wells Fargo only pay Apple an annual developer fee. This prompted Judge Gonzales Rogers to ask Cook whether gaming apps subsidize all free apps on the App Store. The executive disagreed and stated that free apps help generate traffic in the store for all app developers.
Apple has reportedly raised $ 100 million from Fortnite over a 30-month period
Tim Cook also revealed his “selective memory” when he said he didn’t know how much Google pays Apple as the default search engine in iOS, and suggested that the question be put to Google instead. Cook was also asked by Epic’s lawyers about Apple’s guidelines in China, where the company is said to be more open to compromising with the government. In China, for example, iCloud data belongs to a state company.
Epic launched the lawsuit after Apple removed Epic from the App Store last year. In the developer’s online shop, their own in-app shopping platform was advertised, with which Epic can bypass Apple’s own platform, which generates up to 30% less sales in the app. Epic’s actions violated Apple’s rules that led to the lawsuit.
During the trial, an Apple employee testified that Apple earned at least $ 100 million in “commissions” from Fortnite and spent $ 1 million on promoting the popular game over a 30-month period. A screen grab by ArsTechnica shows that Epic is offering both iOS and Android users $ 2 off the purchase of 1,000 V-Bucks when paying for the purchase through Epic’s direct payment platform rather than through Apple or Google’s payment systems.
Like Apple, Google collects up to 30% of the price of an in-app purchase through the Google Play Store. Since Android users are allowed to download apps from third-party app stores from the site (which iOS users are not allowed to do), the Play Store is not considered anti-competitive like the App Store.