Apple’s App Store dealt major blow by judge in Epic antitrust case

Apple Inc. was ordered by a court to allow developers to steer consumers to outside payment methods for mobile apps, in a ruling that is a severe blow to the iPhone maker. A federal judge granted an injunction sought by Epic Games on Friday while also ordering the game maker to pay damages to Apple for breach of contract. The order could take a big bite out of the profitability of the App Store: according to analysts the App Store takes in more than US$20 billion a year with a profit margin…

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