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Judge orders huge App Store change in Epic v. Apple ruling


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How you buy iPhone in-app purchases will never be the same after Friday’s ruling from a federal judge.
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Apple has been ordered by a federal judge to allow iPhone software developers to point customers to their own websites to make in-app purchases. Previously, Apple required all these transactions to happen through its payment system. The change will prevent the iPhone-maker from collecting 15% to 30% of the revenue from transactions that go through developers’ direct payment systems.

This is the primary result of the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit. And it’s exactly what Epic asked for in the first place.

We talk Epic Games suing Apple (and why they might win), plus Apple’s unstoppable stock price, on The CultCast


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The Epic-Apple battle royale is on!
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This week on The CultCast: It’s a battle of the titans! Fortnite developer Epic Games takes Apple to court over its App Store policies, and the dev just might get its way. Plus: Apple and its stock hit another astonishing milestone; Jon Prosser was right — Apple has begun rebranding Beats; and Apple TV+ finally makes the move we’ve been waiting for: bundling premium channels for one low price.

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