Apple will terminate Epic’s inclusion in the Apple Developer Program, a membership that’s necessary to distribute apps on iOS devices or use Apple developer tools, if the company does not “cure your breaches” to the agreement within two weeks, according to a letter from Apple that was shared by Epic. Epic won’t be able to notarize Mac apps either, a process that could make installing Epic’s software more difficult or block it altogether. Apple requires that all apps are notarized before they can be run on newer versions of macOS, even if they’re distributed outside the App Store.
Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction against Apple, asking the court to stop the company from cutting it off. Epic says it will be “irreparably harmed long before final judgment comes” if it does not obtain the injunction. “Apple’s actions will irreparably damage Epic’s reputation among Fortnite users and be catastrophic for the future of the separate Unreal Engine business,” Epic writes. Epic also asks for Fortnite — with its lowered prices and alternate payment option — to be returned to the App Store.
A bully is bad. A self-righteous bully surrounded by an internal and external army of yes-men is a million times worse. I sadly don’t expect much from the United States Congress, but I hope the European Commission is keeping very close tabs on Apple’s abusive anti-consumer behaviour here.
And the general reminder: you might’ve paid a grand for your iPhone, but it really isn’t your iPhone. It’s Apple’s, and they, and only they, get to decide how you use it.
Serves them (iOS users) right. I specifically avoided iOS because of its nonsensical restrictions: lack of sideloading, lack of MicroSD support, and the requirement to use a non-standard tool (iTunes) to transfer files. Sure, I had to tolerate Android 2.x, but the benefit of avoiding iOS was worth it in my opinion. All iOS users could have done what I did since these restrictions were present since day 1. And it’s not the first time iOS users can’t get to an application because Apple doesn’t want it in their app store (Kodi comes to mind), so nothing new here. Apart from the fact this time it’s an app that appeals to the average Apple user a bit more.
What is infuriating is that MacOS, an operating system once marketed as a Unix workstation operating system, is getting its sideloading options restricted. I mean, look at what you have to do in order to run an unsigned application:
Is all that necessary? Something like the SmartScreen popup as found in Windows would have been more than enough.