The main reason for the appeal is Apple's violation of
California's anti-steering rules. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
found that Apple was in violation of the statute and ordered Apple
to stop prohibiting developers from including in their apps and
their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action
that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms. In short, Apple
would have had to allow developers to offer their own payment
service (or at the very least a prominent link to an outside
store), which is what started the fight in the first place.
Additionally, Judge Rogers also found that Apple is not a
monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws,
essentially validating the App Store's business model, including
Apple's 30 percent fee. Consequently, it ordered Epic to pay a $6
million fine to cover Apple's cut of the revenue Epic collected
since August 2020, when Apple kicked Fortnite out of the App Store
for violating its terms.
Epic is also appealing the case. CEO Tim Sweeney, who has been
very vocal during the process, asked Apple to allow Fortnite back
into the App Store and was quickly rebuffed. He reacted to the
appeal on Twitter with a Fortnite pun.
As part of the appeal, Apple asked the court to suspend the
requirements of its injunction until the appeals…have been
resolved. Apple argues that implementing the terms of the
injunction could have unintended downstream consequences for
consumers and the platform as a whole. It says that a stay of the
injunction would allow the company to do so in a way that maintains
the integrity of the ecosystem.
Assuming the court grants the appeal, the case will essentially
reset and will likely drag on for several more years.