Apple is up against a big court battle in the UK as it tries to throw out a lawsuit that 1,566 app developers filed over the company’s App Store fees.
Apple is being sued for $1 billion because it says that its 15% to 30% fees for using its in-app payment system are too high and unfair pricing.
Sean Ennis, a professor at the University of East Anglia’s Center for Competition Policy, is leading the lawsuit. He is getting help from the law company Geradin Partners.
Ennis said that “Apple’s charges to app developers are excessive, and only possible due to its monopoly on the distribution of apps onto iPhones and iPads.”
He also says that these fees are unfair and hurt both app makers and people who buy apps. According to Apple, 85% of developers on the App Store do not pay any commission at all. This is to protect their position.
The claim is being heard at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Apple wants the case to be thrown out because it doesn’t follow UK law in its entirety. The outcome of this court case will have big effects on the community of app developers and the tech business as a whole.
The App Store is part of Apple’s services business, which has seen rapid income growth in recent years and now makes around $20 billion a year.
People will be paying close attention to how this court case ends because it could change how big tech companies make money and how the app economy works in general.