At the end of last year, we reported that a Monopoly Charge on the App Store would be judged in 2019 by the United States Supreme Court. To those who have no idea what we are talking about, here is a summary.
A lawsuit filed in 2011 accused Ma of operating an illegal monopoly with the app store, arguing that, with the App Store being the only way for iPhone and iPad owners to purchase apps for their devices and considering the 30% fee. Apple's developers charge, the Cupertino giant would be actively making consumers pay more than they need for apps.
In 2013, a US District Court judge dismissed the case alleging errors in the complaint; four years later, the US Court of Appeals reversed the ruling and sent the case to the US Supreme Court; Today, the result came out.
In a 5 to 4 vote, the court ruled against applethus allowing users of iPhones and iPads to sue the company on a monopoly basis as reported by CNBC. While Apple has hit the key that it is not responsible for determining the price of apps (such a decision is left to the developers / companies responsible for the apps / games), customers' argument is that this commission is 30% at the end of the year. bills, passed on to the user, then making everything more expensive. And because the App Store is the only way to buy apps for iGadgets
Probably influenced by this decision and the US-China trade war (China raising import duties on hundreds of American products to 25%, a US decision retaliation to raise Chinese product buying rates to 25% as well), the actions Apple's are plummeting at the time of writing, down about 5.5%.
Update 5/13/2019 s 16:54
Here is Apple's statement on the subject:
Today's decision means that complainants can pursue their case in district courts. We are confident that we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly on any metrics.
We are proud to have created the safest and most reliable platform for customers and a great business opportunity for all developers worldwide. Developers set the price they want to charge for the app and Apple has no role in that. The vast majority of free App Store apps and Apple get nothing from them. The only instance Apple shares revenue if the developer chooses to sell digital services through the App Store.
Developers have multiple platforms to choose how to sell their software from other app stores, Smart TVs and game consoles, and we work hard every day to make sure our store is the best, safest, and most competitive in the world.