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Apple Loses Appeal To Delay App Store Change

Apple must let app developers insert links to alternative payment systems outside its App Store by December 9, a federal judge has ruled.

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rodgers dismissed Apple’s plea for a pause in the order to give them more time to craft a new policy for developers.

“You did not ask for a few months. You didn’t ask for six months. You didn’t ask for a limited amount of time. You asked for a an across-the-board stay which could take three, four or five years,” she said.

“It is exceedingly complicated,” attorney Mark Perry argued.

“There have to be guard rails and guidelines to protect children, to protect developers, to protect consumers, to protect Apple.

“They have to be written into guidelines that can be explained and enforced and applied.”

Under current App Store rules, app developers cannot direct users to alternatives to Apple Pay, which takes a 30 per cent cut. The order means Apple will now have to allow in-app buttons, links and pop-up messages directing users away from Apple Pay.



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