Nov 9, 2021 - Technology

Judge: Apple must implement App Store changes in Epic case

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The judge presiding over Epic Games' suit against Apple says the iPhone maker can't delay making the changes she ordered to the App Store rules while it appeals her verdict.

Why it matters: Barring a reversal from an appeals court, Apple will have to allow developers to link to Web pages with details on alternate payment options.

Between the lines: Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ruled earlier this year that Apple was not violating federal antitrust law and refused to force Apple to allow alternate App Stores or payment mechanisms directly in iPhone apps. However, she did order Apple to allow developers to be able to include links to information on other ways to buy in-app goods.

  • Apple is appealing the ruling and had requested the order be put on hold pending that appeal.
  • Gonzales Rogers on Tuesday denied that request. Apple says it will appeal this new ruling as well.
  • ""Apple believes no additional business changes should be required to take effect until all appeals in this case are resolved," the company said in a statement to Axios.
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