Apple can no longer prohibit the use of alternative payment methods, making it far easier to invest in iPhone and iPad purchases in the near future. According to the judge, Apple could not further prevent using third-party payment systems for iOS apps. This move could make using BTC (bitcoin) wallets on iPhones and iPads a lot easier.
Thanks to today’s ruling between Fortnite producer Epic Games and the iPhone technology giant, it might soon be easier to use bitcoin wallets to make payments within Apple’s iOS environment.
The civil complaint generated a permanent judgment by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers stating that Apple could not further block iOS developers from making payments via alternative providers. App creators on the marketplace may only pay Apple, which accounts for 30 percent of all purchases in apps.
The US Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that developers may not include external links or other calls to action in their apps. Gonzalez Rogers remarked in his judgement that Apple is “constantly restricted” and ordered developers to refrain from incorporating these functionalities in their apps.
The verdict will take effect in 90 days unless a higher court steps in. It’s a major blow for Apple and its “walled garden” ecosystem model, which has reaped tremendous profits since the App Store opened in 2008. Apple’s App Store is estimated to bring in $64 billion in gross sales in 2020, according to CNBC. Epic Games challenged Apple’s closed environment in August 2020, when it updated the iOS version of Fortnite to include the ability to purchase in-game cash (V-Bucks) directly from Epic. The game was removed from the App Store as a result of this violation of Apple’s developer agreements, leading to the legal struggle that ended today. The Android version of Fortnite has also been removed from the game.
Apple will be required to allow developers to create iPhone and iPad apps with a larger range of payment alternatives via third-party providers. This might lead to much easier use of bitcoin wallets for payment of products and services, as well as a broader range of mobile payment choices for iOS users. It’s also a decision that could end up costing the company a lot of money.
Apple’s decision can allow consumers to use methods of payment other than Apple, including purchasing from a bitcoin wallet directly. Apple Pay can now be used by some financial service providers to make BTC (bitcoin) payments. Epic Games have to pay 30% of the over 12,2 million dollars generated by the payment option that the platform is based on.
“Given the record of trial, the Court cannot definitively establish that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust statutes,” Gonzalez Rogers wrote in his conclusion. Despite this, the trial has shown that Apple violates California’s antitrust laws. Apple’s anti-steering measures, according to the Court, “conceal vital customer information and illegally stifle consumer choice.”
“The Court recognised that ‘success is not unlawful’ and references the verdict’s text,” Apple claimed victory in a statement. Tim Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Epic Games, tweeted: “Today’s ruling is not a win for producers or consumers.” Epic struggles for fair competition between payment systems and app shops for one billion users.”
Epic Games confirmed the Vigil that today’s judgment will be appealed, arguing that Apple “removes competition from open markets and increases prices.” “We’re going to fight on,” tweeted Sweeney.