Apple Responds to Epic Games’ Allegations, Defends App Review, Payment Systems

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Apple has in a commentary defended its app review and in-app payment systems, claiming that it helped stop more than $1.5 billion (kind of Rs. 11,021 crores) in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020. The Cupertino company also detailed the number of apps it rejected from its App Store over hidden or undocumented features, circulating spam, and giving deceptive experiences. The new move by Apple comes amid its legitimate conflict with Fortnite maker Epic Games over alleged monopolistic actions that have an effect on developers and suppress competition.

In an extensive commentary released on its newsroom site, Apple said that its App Store in 2020 rejected more than 48,000 apps for containing hidden or undocumented features, 150,000 apps for being spam, copycats, or deceptive to users, and over 215,000 apps for privacy violations. The company also claimed that it prevented over three million stolen cards from purchasing apps on the App Store and banned a million accounts from ever transacting again.

Apple additionally said it final year deactivated 244 million customer accounts and rejected 424 million account creations — all over the place fraudulent and abusive activities. The company also claimed that all through the year, it terminated 470,000 developer accounts and rejected an extra 205,000 developer enrolments over fraud concerns.

Despite steady termination and rejection for extra enrolments, Apple said that it found and blocked almost 110,000 illegitimate apps on pirate storefronts that resemble popular apps but hand out malicious software or modify known apps without their developers’ authorisation. The App Store team also blocked 3.2 million apps distributed through its enterprise programme final year.

“Apple’s goal is at all times to receive new apps onto the store,” the company said in the commentary. “In 2020, the team assisted more than 180,000 new developers in launching apps. Every now and then this takes a couple of tries.”

At the opening of the trial in Oakland, California final week, Epic Games accused Apple of building its App Store as a “walled garden” in which it squeezes money out of both developers and users. This wasn’t, alternatively, the first legitimate move against the iPhone maker.

In truth, Epic Games final year made a strong have an effect on when it replaced Apple’s in-app purchase system with its local solution on Fortnite. That used to be to confine the commission that Apple gets from developers. Alternatively, in response to Epic Games’ hard step, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store.

Alongside Epic Games, companies including Spotify have accused Apple of creating a monopoly with its App Store. But nonetheless, the Tim Cook-led company claims that it “works around the clock and in the back of the scenes to retain the App Store a protected and trusted place for users and developers alike.”

We dive into all things Apple — iPad Pro, iMac, Apple TV 4K, and AirTag — this week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is to be had on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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