In Apple’s attempt to get an appellate court to stop the verdict in the Epic case, which will force the company to allow other payment systems in apps, the company’s lawyers have argued that Epic is wrong when it claims that Apple will not receive any commission on such payments. It reports 9 to 5 Mac.
In fact, Apple has not previously charged any commission on payments made with systems other than Apple’s because these have not been allowed. But if the ruling gains legal force and Apple is forced to allow developers to link users to other payment systems, the company will start charging for it.
This is actually something Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned already during the trial this spring. The competitor Google, which has also been sued by Epic on similar grounds, has already issued a policy around these “buy-in-but-outside” apps. Android developers who distribute their apps via the Play Store and use alternative payment systems must pay 11 percent commission instead of 15 or 30 percent depending on the developer’s turnover.
The district court ruling, which Apple wants to suspend, takes effect on December 9, unless otherwise stated.