Zuckerberg also said that Facebook will launch a “payout interface” to help creators see how much money they are losing on fees from companies like Apple and Google.
“But for bullying and gaslight developers to think we should kiss Apple’s feet to allow us to add billions of dollars of value to their platform is not only greedy, stingy and morally reprehensible, but deeply insulting,” he said.
Criticism struck by the underlying power dynamics between Apple and its developer community: developers rely on Apple to reach users, but Apple depends on developers to create apps that help attract users.
As Arment said, “Without our apps, the iPhone has little value for most of its customers today.”
Epic’s lawsuit brought many of the issues developers have with Apple to the forefront, and those tensions are still boiling in the wake of this week’s WWDC.
“It is fair to say that we will give so much money back to developers,” said Baszucki, noting that his company has “good relations” with Apple and other app store operators. “If these store fees were to change, we would predominantly give back to the creative community.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company announced its support for developers several times during the Epic test – including the $ 50 million it said they spend on putting on WWDC.
When it unveiled new software features for users and developers on Monday, Apple reminded them of the benefits of its ecosystem. The App Store now has 600 million weekly visitors from 175 countries and regions, the company said, adding that it has paid more than $ 230 billion to developers since the App Store launched in 2008.
In what is perceived as a possible response to accusations that its iOS ecosystem is closed and restrictive, Apple announced that it will make one of its popular products, the video calling service FaceTime, available to users of competing platforms Android and Windows.
“Apple at WWDC is tight-lipped about convincing software developers to double their platform while … charging its 30% fee,” Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush, told CNN Business.
A showdown over privacy?
While Apple is targeting developers at this week’s event, it also doubles privacy with the potential to aggravate some developers and businesses.
During keynote Monday, Apple announced several new controls for users. These include “Email Protection”, which allows users to hide their IP addresses and location from businesses, and “Hide My Email”, which generates a random email address to sign up for new sites so businesses do not have users’ real email addresses. Another feature, called “app privacy report”, shows users every time an app accesses their phone’s location, contacts, camera or microphone as well as all the third-party websites with which the app shares their data.
But Apple is sticking to its weapons and betting on superior confidentiality and security features making its devices worth paying for, developing and paying commissions on.
“We do not think you should have to strike a balance between great features and privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, during the keynote. “We believe you deserve both.”
Clare Duffy contributed to this report.