“Apple tax” has once again become the target of public criticism. Apple and Google’s App Store platform’s 30% commission rule for developers is facing multiple challenges from law, regulation and public opinion. The lawsuit launched by Epic Games, the maker of popular game fortress night, against apple and Google has pushed the commission rules of apple and Google to the forefront of public opinion, and also attracted the support of many well-known technology companies and the public. < / P > < p > now, the “encirclement and suppression” of Apple’s app store rules continues. In addition to well-known companies such as Microsoft and Facebook personally attacked apple, legislative and regulatory authorities in the United States and the European Union have launched antitrust investigations on apple. < / P > < p > in August, apple and Google pulled “Fortress night” from their respective app stores because the game launched their own in app payment channel, bypassing the platform system that extracts 30% commission. In response, Epic Games, the owner of Fortress night, filed a lawsuit against apple and Google. < / P > < p > epic is seeking an interim court injunction to force apple to resume fortress night in its app store. But the judge is not on the side. At a preliminary hearing on September 28, local time, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, a district court judge for the Northern District of California, was skeptical of epic’s charges and said it was dishonest for epic to know that it was a breach of its contract with apple to update the game like this, but still did so, CNN reported. However, the judge pointed out that 30% of Apple’s fees were “industry rate”, and Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, Amazon, Wal Mart, best buy and Google all took 30% of the fees. In response, epic said the game console was “different” because the hardware was sold at a loss, but the judge was not convinced by this reason, saying that “there seems to be no evidence to support what you said.”. Epic also said it wanted to build its own app store to distribute apps on IOS, but Apple’s anticompetitive practices prohibit this. In response, Apple’s lawyers said the request was a lawsuit against Apple’s “whole business model” that focused on users’ security and privacy. Judge Rogers said the case is likely to be a landmark lawsuit and an important case at the forefront of antitrust law. The judge did not give a time frame for the ban, but she said that according to her timetable, the case might not be heard until July 2021, adding that she hoped the case would be tried before a jury. According to macrumors, a technology website, it has been suggested that 30% of the fees that epic would have paid to Apple could be deposited into a escrow account and paid out at the end of the lawsuit, which could be used as a way to return to Apple’s app store on Fort night, but it is unclear whether the two companies agree to the plan. According to the alliance, most app stores extract commissions from software developers that are paid by multiple users and stifle competition by providing unfair advantages to their products and services. The alliance seeks to promote changes in laws and regulations and change the way the company operates its app store. “Gatekeepers operating these app stores must not abuse the control they have and must be supervised to ensure that their actions promote market competition and provide consumers with fair choices,” the fair applications Alliance said in a statement < / P > < p > in addition to the founding members of the fair application alliance, technology giants such as Microsoft and Facebook also launched attacks on Apple’s app store rules. < p > < p > Microsoft is involved in epic and apple lawsuits. In a statement filed in court on August 23, a senior Microsoft engineer said that allowing apple to block the developer accounts of Epic Games would make it impossible for game makers, including Microsoft, to use epic’s unreal engine, thus causing a major blow to their game development. < / P > < p > “if the unreal engine can’t support Apple’s IOS or MacOS system, Microsoft will have to choose whether to give up users on IOS and Mac OS or choose other game engines when developing new games.” Kevin gammill, general manager of game development experience at Microsoft, said in a statement. < / P > < p > I don’t know if it’s because of Microsoft’s next appeal. In September’s lawsuit, epic won a temporary restriction on apple, forbidding apple to take revenge by banning developers’ accounts that support virtual engines. But the judge also ruled that Apple didn’t need to put fortress night back online in its app store. Novel coronavirus pneumonia,

Facebook said in September 25th, Apple Corp has agreed to allow the conversion of physical activity to small businesses on Facebook App online payment activities because of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, and it will exempt 30% of Apple’s App Store from trading revenue. The exemption period of this “Apple tax” is three months, that is, the exemption period ends at the end of December 2020 and will be re collected from 2021. < p > < p > at present, the U.S. Congress and the Department of justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Competition Commission have launched antitrust investigations on apple. Apple defended itself by saying that its app store’s commission is consistent with other app market fees and will provide users with network security and privacy protection services. < / P > < p > the antitrust review of Apple focuses on the control of its app store on developers. Apple and Google control almost global smartphone access to apps through their IOS and Android operating systems. These companies charge 30% of the cost of APP purchases in their app stores. They also make their own apps to compete with independent developers. On July 29, the U.S. Congress held an antitrust hearing against Google, Facebook, Amazon and apple. Among them, Facebook and Google have suffered the most monopoly attacks, and the firepower against apple is relatively small. At the hearing, Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted on defending apple, saying that Apple treats every developer equally, and lists the opportunities for developers brought by the development of app store. “If Apple is a gatekeeper, what we do is open the door a little bit more,” Cook said On June 16, the EU antitrust authorities launched a formal investigation into Apple’s apple pay payment service and app store rules and whether it violated competition law. The investigation deepens the long-standing struggle between the EU and apple over tax and monopoly issues. In 2019, spotify, a Swedish based music streaming service, filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union, claiming that Apple imposed restrictions on developers using its app store. “The European Commission is pushing for unfounded complaints from a small number of companies that just want a ride and don’t want to follow the same rules as others,” an apple spokesman said < / P > < p > the so-called “Apple tax” refers to that apple extracts 15% – 30% commission from most app subscriptions and in app purchases of IOS platform through its app store. If the in app purchase makes Apple profit, it is an exception. < p > < p > < p > “Apple tax” is facing a lot of controversy. Although the security of IOS system is more secure, developers are dissatisfied with this draw because Apple forbids consumers on IOS to buy products from outside the app store. Moreover, from the perspective of developers, Apple’s application audit process is not transparent enough. < p > < p > on September 28, Google said it would implement its policy, requiring developers who distribute Android Software on the Google play store app platform to use Google’s in app payment system. The announcement also brings Google’s Google play store policy in line with Apple’s app store policy. < / P > < p > developers must switch all their Android apps to Google’s settlement system by September 30, 2021, which will extract a 30% commission from digital payments. < / P > < p > Android allows users to download applications without using their play store, which means that application developers can distribute applications through platforms other than Google’s app store, such as Samsung’s Galaxy app store and Huawei’s app market. But most Android users still download apps directly from Google’s play store. [image] Google secretly tests 6GHz networks in 17 states of the United States