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Apple Score Last-Minute Hail Mary In App Store Case

Today was meant to be the date that Apple was forced to start allowing developers to bypass its own App Store payment system, for which it takes a 30 per cent cut of all sales.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers rejected Apple’s request to put her September ruling on ice, forcing the tech giant to file with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,.

“Given the injunction’s effective date of Dec. 9, Apple seeks immediate entry of an administrative stay that would expire 30 days after the Court’s ruling on the stay motion,” read the filing.

Without a stay, “the App Store will have to be reconfigured — to the detriment of consumers, developers, and Apple itself.”

The Court of Appeals seems to agree. At the eleventh hour, Apple has been granted an extension.

“Apple has demonstrated, at minimum, that its appeal raises serious questions on the merits of the district court’s determination that Epic Games, Inc. failed to show Apple’s conduct violated any antitrust laws but did show that the same conduct violated California’s Unfair Competition Law,” the judges wrote in granting Apple’s motion for a stay.

The stay is for no set period of time, with the courts ruling the proper course would be “maintaining the status quo pending appeal.”

Epic Games previously indicated such an appeal “could easily last many years”, meaning that none of the app developers will be taking a bite out of the billions of dollars Apple generates a year from such in-app purchases.

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