Kinda wanted to share my thoughts.
So Epic decided to appeal the decision, rightfully so.
Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with the outcome. Apple is forced to do the bare minimum by addressing its illegal anti-steering practices, while Epic was shafted. Epic has to pay Apple 3.5 million for breach of contract, and Apple’s TOS was deemed to be enforceable.
I’m annoyed with Epic because they failed to take a more obvious route: Apple’s App Store is an illegal monopoly on the IPhone because it is only way App’s are allowed to fully function on the device. (i.e the problem is the lack of side loading and force funnel to the App Store ) IPhones are not like game consoles, they are more like general purpose computers. This is an easy argument to make, because 1. Smart Phone Computing Power, 2. High degree of overlap of functions between a computer and the phone. (Banking, Email, Post, Internet, Gaming, and cost.) .
We live in a society where most of us have computers. We can load whatever applications we want without having to go through the manufacturer. The lack of side loading the same problem with the lack of the right to repair and being forced to have to go through Mother Apple to repair or load what you want on your device. Moreover, as IPhones are closer to general purpose computers than to a flip phone, the end user should have the same privilege to load what they want onto their devices.
As the United States vs Microsoft showed, it was illegal (unlawful monopoly) for the manufacturer to restrict what application could be uninstalled by the end user. However, this is more general case of the problem of a manufacturer restricting device usage by the end user. Its about owning your device and being able to make decisions about it.
As such, it Apple should no longer be able to restrict access to board chips, prevent independent repair shops from accessing schematics, use non-standard screws to impede device opening, and prevent side loading.
Apple’s App Store is an illegal monopoly because the manufacturer places restrictions to force end users to use the App Store. Apple controlling both the software and the hardware is the problem.