Apple CEO expressed his position in the Epic lawsuit, which claims that the App Store is an unfair monopoly
Apple CEO Tim Cook will defend the App Store in the witness box on Friday as part of the booming business of iPhone manufacturers. Fort night Manufacturer Epic Games said that this is an abuse of Apple’s monopoly.
It is expected that Cook will spend more than two hours to make the most extensive remarks about the App Store business, which is the foundation of Apple’s $53.8 billion service business.
Epic launched a public relations and legal campaign, arguing that Apple only allowed its approved apps to be used on 1 billion iPhones worldwide, and forced developers to use Apple’s in-app payment system (the fee is a maximum per transaction 30 euros) to anti-competitive. As a percentage of sales.
As Apple faces criticism from app makers including music service company Spotify Technology and American politicians, Apple faces a series of criticisms, the latter said, the most valuable public company in the United States is trying to suppress small competition. Apple filed an antitrust lawsuit in a federal court in Oakland, California.
Legal battle royale
Maker of Fort nightLed by CEO Tim Sweeney, this competition puts players in a fierce battle against the last survivor, who revels in the public opportunity to contend with Apple.
Sweeney started the trial as the first witness of the epic and used his time in court to argue Fort night Apple has become a place where players gather in the virtual world, which he called the “meta festival”, and Apple has unfairly asked for simple payment processing technology to drastically cut profits.
Last year, Cook raised some questions about the company’s App Store when he testified in front of US congressmen, but as lawmakers attacked the heads of Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook companies, Cook remained almost silent in other respects.
Apple lawyers said they plan to ask him to testify about Apple’s corporate value, the way the App Store was founded, and Apple’s competitive landscape. Throughout the trial, Apple has been trying to persuade the judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that any rules it imposed on developers are designed to keep its customer information private and malware safe. Sex.
But during the three-week trial, Epic’s legal team put other Apple executives under pressure. In a cross-examination on Thursday, Apple’s head of software Craig Federighi attacked an Epic lawyer who did not allow Federighi to explain why Apple did not use automated tools to scan certain The technical details of the offensive content. Judge Gonzalez Rogers came forward and told Federighi that when Apple’s lawyers raised the issue again, he would have to wait a while to explain himself.
Competition authorities in multiple countries/regions have launched investigations into the business, including the European Union’s investigation into Apple’s handling of Spotify.
In the United States, Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is considering enacting a new antitrust law, may comb through the records produced in the epic case.
John Bergmayer, the legal director of the consumer rights organization Public Knowledge, said: “This case is always part of a larger narrative, not that it decides the issue itself.”