Apple could pay up to $2 billion to UK users for overcharging on App Store
According to the lawsuit, Apple has been exploiting their dominance on the UK market when taking 30% commission for paid apps. If the appeal is upheld, Apple could pay compensation to UK users of about £1.5 billion (or $2 billion). The compensation would be paid to anyone in the UK who has purchased apps on the App Store since 2015.
Apple issued a statement to Bloomberg that said:
From this statement it seems like Apple are not worried at all about the lawsuit. The company continued by saying:
The fact that 84% of the apps on the App Store are free isn’t really relevant, as the lawsuit regards only paid apps. The statement also says that the majority of developers pay Apple a 15% commission, implying the rest stays with them. This policy of 15% commission has been recently introduced. The lawsuit regards its previous policy of 30% Apple comission, which was used from 2015 to 2020.
Apple has had a lot of legal battles over the years, and it often settled them out of court. Time will show if there will be a settlement or not on this occasion.