Apple is facing one of its most serious legal threats in recent years. A US federal court trial opens today in California that threatens to upend the tech giant’s iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6-billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices. The court case is being brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite. Epic wants to topple the so-called “walled garden” of the app store, which Apple began building 13 years ago as part of a strategy led by co-founder Steve Jobs. Epic charges that Apple has transformed a once-tiny digital storefront into an illegal monopoly that squeezes mobile apps for a significant slice of their earnings. Apple takes a commission of 15- to 30 per cent on purchases made within apps, including everything from digital items in games to subscriptions. Apple denies Epic’s charge.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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