Epic Games argues that the iPhone manufacturer willfully restrict its customers on the first day of a landmark trial with Apple over App Store rules.
Epic Games is looking to force Apple to open distribution of iPhone apps so it can use its payment processor, bypassing Apple’s usual 30 percent commission on digital goods.
A positive judgment could allow Epic Games to offer its own app store for iPhones.
Apple argues that it has created the App Store and put in place rules designed to ensure that apps are high-quality and safe.
Apple’s lawyer said: “Epic Games want us to be Android, but we don’t want us to be, and our consumers don’t want that either and they want to choose.”
Epic Games ‘argument is that the App Store is anti-competitive, and that Apple’s arguments about quality and security are essentially an excuse to exclude competitors, such as Epic Games’ Fortnite, which was removed from the Apple Store last year after it introduced a direct payment mechanism.
Lawyers for Apple and Epic Games made their opening statements, and Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, testified, and the trial is expected to last three weeks.
In an opening statement, Apple emphasized that its rules helped create a vibrant ecosystem that iPhone developers benefit from, with more than 1.8 million apps on the App Store.
Apple said: Epic Games made $ 750 million from the App Store, and argued that the court was only about money, and that Epic Games had planned the lawsuit along with a related marketing campaign in order to use Apple’s technology without payment.
Apple also explained that Epic Games was looking at the wrong market, and could not show anti-competitive behavior in the gaming market, as users could switch to Android from Google, Xbox from Microsoft, or PlayStation from Sony.
Apple also defended its policies, citing its app review division that manually reviews and approves apps and filters malicious apps.
Based on her research, she said, iOS accounts for only 2 percent of malware infections among all computing platforms.
The lawyer for the iPhone manufacturer said: Based on the data on security for iPhones, it is these policies that protect our users and are the reason why Android security statistics are much worse.
Apple quoted Phil Schiller as saying: We have thought about the fact that the iPhone is a phone that you carry with you, and accordingly you need it to work with you as a phone, and we have taken great care of the security of this device so that it is more secure and reliable than computers at that time.
That is why Apple argued that it was disallowed Side loading Or manually installing apps, as Android does, and in the event that Epic Games wins, Then this means that the iPhone OS is less secure.
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