Apple and Epic have been in a war of words since Apple removed Epic Games from its App Store. Recently, Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, responded to Apple’s new request for compensation for breach of contract. Sweeney said that Apple called the legal dispute “just a basic disagreement about money”, which shows that Apple “has ignored the founding principles of the technology industry”. However, he did not clearly indicate what these founding principles are. He also believes that Apple is “posing for the court”.
Epic Games CEO said that on consumer devices, Apple has over-expanded. Essentially, all users should be able to install software freely, and all developers should be able to create and share applications as they wish.
Sweeney then referred to Epic’s “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” commercial. He explained that this ad was designed to show that Apple is now an “all-round” company that governs the terms of the user. Apple replaced IBM as the “all-round” company they feared nearly 30 years ago, and it is “using this position to exercise control and squeeze money.”
Later, he reiterated some of Epic Games’ reasons for opposing Apple’s App Store policy, saying it was fighting for rights for creators. Sweeney finally opposed the whole disagreement about money. Epic didn’t even seek monetary compensation. He called this a more fundamental struggle for change.
At present, Epic Games’ developer account has been terminated, and the company has applied for a preliminary injunction to allow “Fortnite” to return to the App Store and restore the right to use its developer account. At the same time, Epic Games also refused to remove the direct payment option, but this violates Apple’s App Store policy. A preliminary injunction hearing will be held at the end of this month.
IPHONE 11 IS THE TOP-SELLING SMARTPHONE IN SEVERAL MARKETS
According to Apple, the iPhone 11 is the best-selling smartphone in the China market. The latest Counterpoint survey confirms this. From Counterpoint’s ranking, iPhone 11 is the best selling smartphone for Q2 2020. Other smartphones in the top 5 list include Oppo A8, Honor 9X, Vivo Y3, and Huawei Mate 30 5G. While the iPhone 11 and Mate 30 are flagship phones, the others are budget devices.
The source adds that the iPhone 11 is also the top-selling smartphone in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan. Four iPhones are in the top five in the UK market, and Apple’s smartphones are in the top three in Japan.