Apple’s App Store, the only way software apps can get onto iPhones or other Apple mobile devices, is at the heart of a trial with Epic Games opening in a federal court across the bay from San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO: While Apple chief Tim Cook touts the brand’s App Store as an economic miracle, Fortnite-maker Epic Games says developers suffer under its tyranny.
The online shop — the only way software apps can get onto iPhones or other Apple mobile devices — is at the heart of a trial opening Monday in a federal court across the bay from San Francisco.
Apple opened its App Store in July 2008, a year after the release of the first iPhone.
The shop, stocked with mobile apps tailored for devices powered by iOS mobile software, was quickly imitated by rival smartphone makers.
It ignited an entire economy where developers big or small could make money with “an app for that,” from games or social networking to summoning car rides or ordering food.
Apps are only allowed onto Apple mobile devices through the App Store, which requires them to abide by rules for privacy and security.
The App Store — the lone gateway onto the more than one billion iPhones in use around the world — has grown to include more than 1.8 million apps.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in transactions take place at the App Store each year in what Apple chief Cook has called an “economic miracle.”
Apple takes a commission of as much as 30% of financial transactions at the App Store, where most apps