Apple will not be required to implement third-party payment systems for its App Store by December 9, after a federal appeals court temporarily suspended the initial ruling on Wednesday.

As part of its ongoing legal dispute with Epic, a Northern California District court judge said Apple was not a monopoly, but agreed that its ability to wipe out up to 30% of selling costs processed in iOS apps was not competitive. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered an injunction, giving iGiant 90 days to allow developers to add links or buttons in their apps to direct users to third-party shopping systems.

These 90 days were to end on December 9. If developers were allowed to process financial transactions using external systems, they wouldn’t have to remit their profits to Apple, they argued. When Apple attempted to file a stay motion, which would stay the injunction until it appealed, Rogers denied its request.

The iPhone maker then took its case to the Ninth Court of Appeal and won a small victory. “Apple, Inc. has decided to suspend, in part, the permanent district court injunction of September 10, 2021 pending appeal. Apple’s motion is granted, ”the ordinance said [PDF].

Apple argued that if it were forced to authorize third-party payment systems in iOS apps by December 9, the App Store would have to be overhauled, making it harder for consumers, developers and the Internet to navigate. ‘business.

“Apple has sufficiently demonstrated that there is irreparable harm and that the remaining factors weigh in favor of maintaining the injunction and maintaining the status quo pending appeal,” the order said.

This means that Apple will no longer have to authorize external purchasing systems in applications; it may continue to charge developer selling fees for the time being. The stay motion blocks Roger’s previous injunction, but does not overturn it completely. All is not yet lost for Epic.

Apple has appealed Roger’s order, but the case has yet to be heard by the Ninth Court of Appeal. “The suspension will remain in effect until the warrant is issued in this appeal. The existing briefing schedule remains in place, ”according to court documents.

The register asked Apple and the Coalition of App Fairness, an Epic-backed nonprofit fighting against in-app payments, for further comment. ®