But the most difficult questions came from U.S. Regional Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who encouraged Cook on Apple’s relationship with the developers. The judge described a survey conducted by Apple showing that 39% of manufacturers were satisfied with the company’s distribution. Because of its size, he asked Cook how Apple could encourage “to address their needs.”
Cook responded that there are always “disputes” with developers, based on the number of programs the company rejects, but “disputes are appropriate for users because it makes them feel safer and more secure.” Rogers responded that “it seems you are not being pressured or pressured to change your response to meet the challenges of developers.”
He also said it was “very important” that the amount of money available in the App Store and in-app purchases came from the game, noting that gaming companies made Apple’s “big money”. He also mentioned banking programs, such as Wells Fargo, that do not pay Apple any more than the annual fee. He asked if the game apps support all the free apps in the store. Cook disagreed, arguing that having a “huge amount” of free software helps to find more producers.
Cook was also questioned about some of the complex issues. Epic’s lawyer questioned Apple’s policies in China, including that China’s Chinese reputation is a state-owned company called GCBD. Earlier this week, New York Times published a in the “trick” Apple makes it work in China. The chief executive was also urged by Apple in collaboration with the Chinese government to remove apps from the App Store. Cook said the company has a responsibility to comply with the laws of the countries in which it operates.
At times it seems to add credibility, as when Cook said he was unaware of the amount of money Google paid for a search engine in iOS, saying “maybe it was a good question for them [Google]. ”The information currently available is unique from the Department of Justice, which last year said the agreements give Google permission to search for advertisements.
There was also a long discussion of the App Store and the amount of revenue it earns, which has been during the entire experiment. Cook has repeatedly stated that Apple does not release money from the App Store separately, despite having a “concept” of numbers. He acknowledged that the iOS App Store does “more” than its Mac counterpart, and that apps that play are the ones that make the most money. (Earlier in the trial, Epic summoned an expert witness who testified that Apple’s limit on the App Store could be 77.8 percent. Apple disputed the number.)
Cook’s testimony comes at the end of a week-long trial. Final notes are set for Monday, and Rogers said the idea will take “a while,” but hopefully it will be by mid-August.
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