Apple risks losing billions of dollars annually from ruling


A court's decision in the Apple-Fortnite suit could cost the tech giant billions, giving developers the option of bypassing commission on in-app purchases. — REUTERS

Apple Inc. has been ordered to make the most significant change to its App Store business model since launching the platform in 2008, and it could cost the tech giant a few billion dollars annually.

In a ruling Friday, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said the company must give developers the option of bypassing its commission on in-app purchases – a cut that runs as high as 30%. That includes letting iOS apps use "buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing methods” other than Apple’s payment system.

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