The expected result was most assuredly unwanted by Apple.
The lawsuit claims that Apple’s App Store is anti-competitive in nature. Users have filed the suit claiming Apple’s 30% commission on sales through the app store is resulting in higher prices for iPhone users, and since Apple has made it so that applications can only be installed through their app store, this is an antitrust violation.
Apple’s argument against the case is a rather odd one. Their argument isn’t so much against the claim itself, as stating that the filing would need to be made by app developers instead of by users. Perhaps the idea is that the app developers are so indebted to Apple that they would not ever file that suit?
In any event, in a split decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the antitrust case can continue as is against Apple. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the decision, “Apple’s line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits.”
While all platforms have their own app stores, Apple is the only “closed garden” in the cell phone space. Will this come to haunt them? It just may.