After months of preparation, Epic Games will finally take on Apple in court in a trial that could fundamentally change the makeup of the App Store. The fight dates back to August, when Epic added a direct payment mechanism to its hit battle royale game Fortnite in violation of Apple’s rules. The iPhone maker quickly removed the game from the App Store, and Epic responded shortly after with an antitrust lawsuit aiming to establish the App Store as a monopoly. The case will finally be brought to trial starting May 3rd.
The trial promises to deliver huge revelations about the inner workings of one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world, with testimony from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, and more. We’ve already made some fascinating discoveries from documents published ahead of the trial, and there’s sure to be a lot more news ahead.
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Federighi said his own family members have encountered malware on macOS
‘At trial, Epic adduced no proof in support of this claim’
On Tuesday, Apple’s chief evangelist finished up his time on the stand
What does ‘locked in’ mean, though?
And it spends $50 million on WWDC
The word ‘game’ has been replaced by ‘experience’ across Roblox’s website
Expert testimony continues
A deep look into gaming platform apps on iOS
Would ending anti-steering rules fix the App Store?
“It’s just a banana, ma’am”
Is Roblox a game or not?
A new motion seeks to pull back testimony from Xbox executive Lori Wright
How does Apple earn its 30 percent?
Safari just doesn’t support key features — and Safari’s the only option
The streaming service stopped offering subscriptions in the App Store in 2018
What is the iPhone, anyway?
“What you’re really asking for is the ability to have impulse purchases”
‘Is this the guy that was at one of our rehearsals?’ Cook asked
More confidential emails reveal Fortnite inner workings
It was... interesting
Project Storm was being worked on in 2019
‘Do we think our 70/30 split will last forever?’
Over $11.6 million for 38 games
The Epic Games CEO took the stand for the first day of Epic v. Apple