Last September, when Macalope challenged Paul Thurrott’s claim that Epic won big in his case against Apple, he made a mistake, and for that he apologizes. It was not by noticing that it was Apple that had won big and Epic lost. He was absolutely right, and Thurrott was completely wrong. No, Macalope wrongly indicated that Apple would not appeal the verdict. As it turned out, Apple did appeal the ruling!
It just appealed to the one little thing that it lost on.
Nothing but ultimate victory for Cupertino! Please arrange the tips with the heads of our enemies on them nice outside Apple Park. Thank you. Good day.
Another thing the horny one was completely right in that piece was the last sentence:
While the company is likely to be right in celebrating this verdict, it continues to ignore the frustration over App Store policies at its own risk.
Fast forward to now:
“Epic vs. Apple takes a turn while 35 US states and the Department of Justice weigh in to support the ‘Fortnite’ maker”
“Apple’s behavior has hurt and harms mobile app developers and millions of citizens,” the states said.
“Meanwhile, Apple continues to monopolize app distribution and in-app payment solutions for iPhones, stifling competition and amassing super-competitive profits in the smartphone industry of nearly trillions of dollars a year.”
Spelling says “super-competitive” is not a word, and Macalope wanted to make a joke that Toyota did not make Supra anymore, but it actually started making it again in 2019.
Look, these are the kind of strict fact checks you’ll get in this column from a cartoon antelope / human / Mac hybrid in a suit. You’re welcome.
Macalope has a hard time disagreeing with the states here, and it does not look like this situation will disappear easily for Apple.
The DoJ said the court had interpreted the Sherman Act, an 1890 law banning anti-competitive behavior, “narrowly and wrongly, in ways that would leave many anti-competitive agreements and practices outside their protection.”
It’s a shame that the poster kid for opening the App Store is not a kid at all, but a carnival barker who wants to sell virtual skins to kids. Selling real skins was once an honorable tradition when skins were used to keep warm and protect people from the elements (not that this furry creature is a big fan of such things unless said skins are willingly gifted at the time of natural death). Now it’s a way to shake the kids down for their benefit money.
Of course, it’s true that Apple helped popularize the particular self-enrichment technique. But you do not want to replace a despot with a future despot. Epic only wants to open the App Store so it can push developers through its funnel instead of getting them to go through Apple.
So while Macalope is not an enthusiastic supporter of overturning this verdict, he certainly believes that changes need to be made. You can excuse him for being a bit cynical about the possibilities that the legislation will rectify the situation, but it is possible, and at the moment it does not appear that Apple is interested in making several major changes alone. Maybe just losing some of these cases will make it change its ways.
In addition to being a mythical beast, Macalope is not employed by Macworld. As a result, Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.