David Heinemeier Hansson

January 17, 2024

Apple actually lost a court case for once, but they refuse to comply in good faith

Apple just lost an appeal on the ruling from the Epic case that mandated the company allow app developers the right to link to their own websites. And it seems like Apple had been preparing for this outcome, because immediately thereafter, Apple revealed an elaborate bad-faith compliance with the ruling.

Okay, sure, the company says, you can link to your website from your app, so consumers may know that there's a cheaper way to buy your software, but if you do so, we will charge a 27%(!!!) commission on that link, require you to submit financial reports every few weeks(?!), will reserve the right to audit your books at any time(???!), AND hold the threat of expulsion from the App Store over your head, in case we find you to be out of compliance.

Not even the mob is that greedy, capricious, or meticulous in its shakedown efforts!

Meanwhile, Apple can't stop padding itself on the back for just how awesome and benevolent they are, as they threaten to ram these poisonous terms down the throat of anyone even thinking about taking advantage of the judge's ruling.

I don't believe we've ever seen this level of arrogance from a major tech monopolist in the history of the computing industry. And that's saying something, because we've had to contend with a few! But just read this update of the terms. Bananas.


About David Heinemeier Hansson

Made Basecamp and HEY for the underdogs as co-owner and CTO of 37signals. Created Ruby on Rails. Wrote REWORK, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, and REMOTE. Won at Le Mans as a racing driver. Fought the big tech monopolies as an antitrust advocate. Invested in Danish startups.