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Apple wins some and loses some in big Epic Games lawsuit

On the eve of the iPhone 13 launch, we've finally been handed a ruling in the lawsuit filed by Epic Games last year. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, sued Apple last year over claims the company was violating U.S. antitrust law by prohibiting developers from implementing alternative in-app purchase methods. Today, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers...

Apple will finally let media apps like Netflix link to their website for account setups

In order to settle an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), Apple has announced that it will soon let certain apps provide links to external websites for account setups and payments. The company will extend this provision to "reader" apps across multiple genres, like magazines, newspapers, books, and media streaming. Although Apple announced this...

South Korea will force Google and Apple to accept alternative payment options

Governments around the world are scrutinizing how Google and Apple do business, thanks to outcry from developers both big and small. The arguments against Google and Apple are generally the same: They hold a monopoly on app distribution and payment options on their respective platforms, charge supracompetitive fees to developers, and unfairly restrict alternative app...

Apple will finally let developers notify customers of alternative payment options

Apple announced late last week that it is finally dropping its controversial "anti-steering" policy as part of a settlement it reached in a class action lawsuit. Before this announcement, Apple didn’t let app developers directly contact users informing them about alternate payment methods outside of their apps, but the Cupertino giant has now agreed to...

Apple removed an app that exposed fake reviews on Amazon

Amazon has been cracking down on sellers engaging in paid reviews, which has seen the likes of RavPower, Aukey, and Mpow exiled from Amazon. Paid reviews can be a problem on basically any storefront, and it can be hard to try and discern what's real and what isn't. Fakespot was an app that you could...

Apple will let developers appeal unfair or biased app removals

Apple hosted its second virtual WWDC event yesterday and announced changes coming to the Apple ecosystem with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Besides these changes for the users, the keynote also had announcements for the developers. Announcements about allowing app development on the iPad and new APIs were...

EU accuses Apple of anticompetitive App Store policies

The European Commission on Friday said it is formally accusing Apple of engaging in anti-competitive behavior. The Commission said Apple is guilty of abusing its dominate position and has an unfair advantage when competing against other apps in the App Store. The ruling follows an initial complaint from Spotify back in 2019, and takes issue with...

Apple is making it easier to find apps on the App Store with search suggestions

Apple is adding a new feature to the App Store, called search suggestions, that will make searching for new apps on the platform a lot easier. As its name suggests, the feature will bring up suggested keywords when you enter a search term on the App Store to help you filter the search results and...

[Update: Rejected] Proposed North Dakotan bill aims to dismantle Apple and Google’s app store and payment monopolies

This might just be the year that Apple's walled garden ecosystem gets some doors, windows, and a breath of fresh air. A bill proposed in the North Dakota Senate in the USA seeks to ban digital stores like the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store from exercising a distribution monopoly and force third-party...

NVIDIA bypasses Apple’s App Store, launches GeForce NOW on iOS via Safari

Cloud gaming, or game streaming as some others call it, is promising to be the future of gaming, freeing up users from the constraints of physical hardware and letting them game anywhere thanks to the omnipresence of the cloud. Most big names have pitched in their own game streaming service, and while the ecosystem slowly...

Apple cuts App Store commission rate to 15% for smaller developers

Apple and Google collectively control the mobile app ecosystem and that's no understatement. Apple's iOS and iPadOS and Google's Android power more than 99% of the smartphones and tablets in the world. Both the tech giants also dictate how app developers get paid for purchases made by users on the App Store and the Play...

Spotify, Epic Games, and others join “Coalition for App Fairness” non-profit to oppose Apple and Google

The mobile software ecosystem is dominated by two big names: Apple and Google, both of whom control their respective app stores. This control has come under scrutiny, largely thanks to the recent attempt by Epic Games to bypass the app store fees with a direct payment option on its popular game, Fortnite. This was promptly...