The future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ‘button’ and an ‘external link’

The future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ‘button’ and an ‘external link’

September 10, 2021 0 By Nilay Patel

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Today the judge in Epic v. Apple issued a lengthy ruling holding that Epic failed to prove that Apple has a monopoly in mobile gaming transactions. Importantly, the court also held that Apple’s rules preventing other payment options in the App Store are anti-competitive, and issued an injunction telling Apple to cut it out.

Specifically, the court said that “Apple is engaging in anticompetitive conduct,” and that “Apple’s anti-steering provisions hide critical information from consumers and illegally stifle consumer choice.”

To fix that, the court issued the following permanent injunction barring Apple from having rules against other payment systems. I’ve bolded the most relevant bit:

Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants,…

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