Apple is asking the court to suspend this requirement until November, weeks before the deadline for making the changes to the App Store requirements. The motion accompanied Apple’s formal appeal against the September decision.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sided with Apple on most of the allegations in the lawsuit in September, saying she could not conclude that the iPhone maker was a monopoly. But she has sided with Epic on one point – Apple cannot prohibit app makers from telling their users that there are ways to pay outside the app store. Apple cuts up to 30% of most in-app transactions on its devices.
Epic appealed the decision days after it was announced, and the companies’ disagreements have only grown more controversial since then.
If Gonzalez Rogers approves Apple’s recent request, it could buy the company a similar amount of time to avoid being forced to make changes to the App Store.