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If Epic being forced to cough up App Store fees after the trial, and Tim Cook saying multiple times that Apple would find a way to charge developers for iOS and iPadOS app purchases made outside the App Store weren't enough, a new court filing by the company further nails home the point.
Apple on Tuesday filed a reply brief with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California supporting a motion to stay an injunction that would force it to allow developers to add alternate payment links or buttons within apps.
In the brief, Apple attorneys shot down Epic Games' suggestion that the company wouldn't receive a cut of transactions that occur outside of the App Store.
"That is not correct. Apple has not previously charged a commission on purchases of digital content via buttons and links because such purchases have not been permitted," the brief reads. "If the injunction were to go into effect, Apple could charge a commission on purchases made through such mechanisms."
The issue at hand is a decision given by U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Although she largely ruled in favor of Apple, she did issue a decision that would bar Apple from prohibiting developers to add alternate payment links or buttons within apps.
What I've come to assume is now in black and white in this filing from Apple: If the injunction goes into effect, Apple seems likely to charge a commission on any transactions that start in the app, even if they are completed on the web. https://t.co/GVoEhiQbFS pic.twitter.com/uyXjAmM1uD— David Barnard (@drbarnard) December 2, 2021
The section in the court filing isn't revelatory. Back during the Epic Games v. Apple hearings, Apple CEO Tim Cook specifically said that Apple would get its cut even without in-app purchase mechanisms.
"We would have to come up with an alternate way of collecting our commission," Cook said at the time. "We would then have to figure out how to track what's going on and invoice it and then chase the developers; it seems like a process that doesn't need to exist."