App store dispute: Apple and Epic get into position


Apple and “Fortnite” developer Epic Games are positioning themselves for their lawsuit in the US state of California that could turn the app business on the iPhone upside down. Shortly before the start of the negotiations on May 3, 2021, the companies published their detailed arguments on April 8, 2021 on almost 700 pages. Epic wantsthat the court ruling forces Apple to allow third-party app stores on the iPhone. Apple warns against risks for users.

Apple with a monopoly position?

The decisive question in the process is possibly whether Apple can speak of a monopoly position in the distribution of apps on the iPhone. Epic points out that applications and digital in-app purchases can only be purchased on the iPhone via the App Store – and based on this, its allegation of a competition violation, which must be ended. Apple counters that instead the market for games as a whole – together with consoles and PCs – should be considered.

The best iPhones


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Fast 5G cellular
  • Good camera with night vision and telephoto
  • High-contrast, bright OLED display
  • Innovative MagSafe technology

Cons

  • No jack socket
  • 5G cannot be used with dual SIM
  • No fingerprint sensor


iPhone 12 Pro Max

Per

  • Long battery life
  • Large OLED display
  • Top camera with night vision
  • Fast A14 processor
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  • 5G

Cons

  • Heavy and a bit top-heavy


iPhone 12 mini

Per

  • OLED display with top contrast / colors
  • Very high pace of work
  • 5G cellular
  • Waterproof
  • Very handy size

Cons

  • Display not very bright
  • Telephoto lens is missing


iPhone 12

Per

  • High-contrast OLED display
  • Very high pace of work
  • Long battery life
  • Fast 5G cellular
  • Good camera with night vision
  • Innovative MagSafe technology

Cons

  • Display not very bright
  • No telelens
  • No jack socket
  • 5G cannot be used with dual SIM


iPhone 11 Pro Max

Per

  • Bright, high-contrast XXL display
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  • Fast work pace
  • Great triple camera with telephoto and ultra wide angle
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  • Waterproof
  • Dual SIM via eSIM

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Thick display frame
  • No 5G cellular
  • No jack socket


iPhone 11 Pro

Per

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  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Fast work pace
  • Night mode camera
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Waterproof
  • Dual SIM via eSIM

Cons

  • Thick display frame
  • No 5G cellular
  • No jack socket


iPhone 11

Per

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  • Fast work pace
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  • Night mode for taking pictures in very little light
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Low contrast display (LCD)
  • No 5G
  • No telephoto lens


iPhone Xs

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iPhone Xs Max

Per

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Cons

  • No memory card slot
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  • Can hardly be operated with one hand


iPhone Xr

Per

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  • Exciting camera functions despite only having one lens
  • Dual SIM via eSIM

Cons

  • Somewhat rough display resolution
  • No dual main camera
  • RAM smaller than in XS models

Complete list: the best iPhones

Apple’s app store to protect users?

Apple also points out that thanks to the way via a single app store, the company has the option of checking all applications in order to protect users from fraud and software errors. Almost 500 employees are working around the world for this purpose. Epic replies that Apple has always allowed software to be downloaded from sources other than its own app store on its Mac computer.

Epic vs. Apple: How did the argument come about?

Epic Games launched the on August 13, 2020 on Apple’s iPhone and iPad as well as on devices with the Google system Android possibility a cheaper way to buy content by bypassing in-app purchases. This violates the guidelines for third party manufacturers. Apple, for example, only allows applications for which in-app purchases are processed via the in-house App Store runs – and not via third-party systems. And: Since the download platform was launched in 2008, the company has been charging a 30 percent fee on income from digital services and articles. Similar requirements exist at Google. Thus, Epic challenged the platforms with the step. The reaction followed immediately: “Fortnite” only disappeared from the App Store for Apple’s mobile devices and a few hours later from Google’s Play Store. Epic initiated immediately Litigation against Apple.

What is Epic’s lawsuit against Apple about?

The dispute is essentially about the 30 percent that Apple withholds from in-app purchases. There has been criticism of the amount of the fee for some time – and the fact that the developers are not allowed to offer alternative payment methods. The music service Spotify therefore lodged a complaint with the competition authorities of the EU Commission. (With material from the dpa.)


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