Judge Loosens Apple’s Grip on App Store in Epic Decision

A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run app store, threatening one of the iPhone maker’s biggest moneymakers.

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FILE - This Dec. 16, 2020 file photo shows an illuminated Apple logo at a store in Munich, Germany. Apple is following through on its pledge to crack down Facebook and other snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their iPhones to help sell more advertising. The new privacy feature, dubbed “App Tracking Transparency,” rolled out Monday, April 26, 2021, as part of an update to the operating system powering the iPhone and iPad. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run app store, threatening one of the iPhone maker’s biggest moneymakers. It could potentially also save app developers billions of dollars that could encourage them to lower the prices paid by consumers. The challenge was mounted by Epic Games, best known as the maker of Fortnite, the popular video game played by about 400 million…

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