Apple’s App Store is a digital distribution platform for iOS apps. The store has been criticized by various app developers for its commissions of 15% to 30% on in-app payments. These commissions are seen as being too high.
According to CNN, a group of 1,566 app developers, led by Sean Ennis, a professor at the University of East Anglia, England, have filed a class action lawsuit of $1 billion against Apple. The lawsuit references that the charges to app developers are excessive and constitute abusive pricing.
The lawsuit claims that Apple’s monopoly on the distribution of apps onto iPhones and iPads allows it to charge app developers excessive fees, with further mentions of possible harm to app developers and app buyers.
The lawsuit is still in its early stages, so it is too early to say what the outcome will be. However, it is a sign that regulators are taking a closer look at Apple’s App Store policies.
Will the lawsuit be successful?
Will Apple be forced to lower its App Store fees?