Judge overseeing Epic v Apple has an idea for a compromise
If Apple isn’t giving its developer partners and customers a choice, the company could be considered a monopoly and punished accordingly. On Wednesday, the judge asked Apple’s expert witness, economist Richard Schmalensee, “What’s so bad about it anyway, for consumers to have choice?” Schmalensee replied that opening up the App Store’s In-App payment platform would lead to a decline in the App Store’s “revenue flow.”
Judge Gonzalez Rogers asked Epic’s economist David Evans, “If Apple didn’t have these rules, would the problem be solved?” Evans replied that “That wouldn’t eliminate the market power Apple has here, but it would certainly diminish it. It would not be much of a solution at all,” he said, for apps and games that don’t have an alternative payment platform like Epic has.