by Frank McShan
Just a week after Apple terminated Epic Games’ developer account, Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction that would both allow Fortnite back on the App Store and restore access to its developer account.
In the filing, Epic Games says it was willing to challenge Apple “because it was the right thing to do” and “it was better positioned than many other companies to weather the storm.” Epic describes Apple as a “monopolist” who maintains its dominant position by “explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry” to both app distribution and in-app payment processing markets.
Epic mentions that it’s “likely to suffer irreparable harm” if Fortnite is not made available on the App Store and that “the balance of harms tips strongly in Epic’s favor,” citing that daily iOS active users have already declined by over 60% since the app’s initial removal from the App Store.
Fortnite introduced a direct payment option in mid-August that skirted Apple’s in-app purchase system by allowing payments directly to Epic Games. Apple shortly after pulled the app from the App Store for disregarding App Store policies, which has lead to a lawsuit from Epic and a quickly escalating legal fight between the two companies.
Epic has refused to back down from the direct purchase option added to Fortnite, and Apple won’t allow the app in the App Store while the direct payment option remains. Apple told Epic that it’s ready to “welcome Fortnite back onto iOS” if Epic removes the direct payment option and returned to the status quo while the legal battle plays out in court, but Epic has refused.
The preliminary injunction was filed on Friday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the hearing will take place on September 28.
Thursday September 3, 2020 1:02 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device that’s designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets. Called AirTags, these item trackers will let you keep an eye on your possessions right in the Find My app.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. AirTags are perhaps one of Apple’s worst-kept secrets because we’ve been seeing signs of them in various…
Thursday September 3, 2020 11:37 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today seeded the seventh betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to developers for testing purposes, updating and refining the features included in the software.
As the beta testing period progresses, changes get smaller and less notable, but the seventh beta still has a few new features that are worth mentioning, such as dark mode options for some wallpapers. We’ve listed what’s new in the…
Bloomberg: Apple Launching iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio This Fall
Monday August 31, 2020 11:09 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple has a number of products in the works that are set to debut this fall, and this evening, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu shared details on Apple’s launch plans, reiterating many of the rumors that we’ve previously heard about the upcoming product lineup.
There are four new iPhones in the works in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes, with Apple planning to stagger the iPhone launches. The …
Normally we’d be zeroed in on Apple’s annual iPhone event at this time, but with things still up in the air this year, rumors are flying fast and furious about what new products will be launching and when we’ll see them.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. It certainly looks like Apple has a long list of products that could launch before the end of the year, so check…
Images of what appears to be an original Apple Watch prototype in its security case have been shared online by Twitter user @AppleDemoYT.
The photos show a prototype stainless steel Apple Watch concealed within a silicone security case, marked with a redacted serial number. Apple usually transports its prototype and testing units in thick protective cases that are intended to mislead and…
Thursday September 3, 2020 9:40 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is set to introduce 5G technology in its 2020 iPhone lineup, but there are two kinds of 5G — mmWave, which is the fastest, and sub-6GHz, which is slower but more widespread — and there is mixed information on the spectrums the 2020 iPhones will support.
The fastest mmWave 5G could be limited to Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro lineup, and a new report from Fast Company suggests that mmWave…
Wednesday September 2, 2020 7:47 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
While new iPhone and Apple Watch models are typically unveiled on stage at a September event, 2020 has been anything but an ordinary year, so there is a good chance that Apple’s fall product announcements will deviate from the norm at least slightly.
At the very least, it is unlikely that Apple will hold an in-person iPhone event this year, unless it were limited to a small group of…