Apple wins appeal against Epic, won’t have to change App Store rules

Apple has obtained the suspension of the injunction that would have required several changes to the App Store starting today, December 9.

This means that, for now, Apple can continue to require developers to use only its in-app purchasing system, without offering any alternatives.

In the Epic vs Apple battle, the judge ordered Apple to allow developers to offer payment alternatives for in-app purchases to customers, giving the company until December 9 to implement the requested changes. Apple then requested a stay of the injunction, which was first refused and then granted a few hours ago by the Court of Appeal.

The judges said Apple had shown that its appeal raised serious doubts about the original ruling:

“Apple has shown, at the very least, that its appeal raises serious questions about the merits of the district court’s ruling that Epic Games failed to prove that Apple’s behavior violated antitrust laws, but proved that the behavior itself violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.

Therefore, we welcome Apple’s motion to suspend part (i) of subsection (1) of the permanent injunction. The suspension will remain in effect until the warrant is issued in this appeal. “

The court suspended enforcement of the injunction until it was able to fully consider the case, which could take several months. While the court considers Apple’s appeal, Apple will be able to continue to operate the App Store as is.

In the original ruling, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers said Apple can no longer prohibit developers from directing users to third-party payment options. Apple has therefore requested a suspension because incorporating new changes to the App Store is a monumental task that takes months to accomplish and would be detrimental to everyone involved to speed up the process.

However, if the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Apple after examining the case, the injunction could be definitively canceled.

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