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Apple Must Ease App Store Rules, Judge Orders, in a Blow to iPhone Maker

A federal judge struck down a core part of Apple’s App Store rules on Friday, forcing the company to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems in a win for “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and other app makers. The ruling vastly expands a concession that Apple made with Japanese regulators last week to encompass game developers, who are the biggest cash generators for Apple’s App Store, which itself is the foundation of its $53.8 billion services segment. However, the judge did allow Apple to continue to charge commissions of 15 percent to 30 percent for in-app payments, which is the simplest way for customers to pay. Relative to the sweeping shakeup that Epic was seeking, the ruling amounts to what the judge herself called a “measured” change to Apple’s rules. Analysts said the impact may depend heavily on how the iPhone maker chooses to implement the decision. …

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