Tim Cook appeared on the stand in Epic legal row

Tim Cook appeared on the stand in Epic legal row
Epic makes Fortnite and its colourful characters - but is at odds with Apple boss Tim Cook. Source: EPIC GAMES/EPA
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Daily US Times: Apple CEO Tim Cook took the witness stand for the first time in his company’s major legal battle with Epic Games, which is the maker of the hit video game Fortnite, over an alleged monopoly.

Epic claims Apple’s tight control over iPhone apps hurts competition.

During his appearance, the Apple CEO argued that keeping control of the App Store helped keep iPhones secure.

Mr Cook also said he did not know if the App Store made a profit, telling the court Apple did not break down the figures.

Facing questions about the level of profit the tech giant’s App Store generates from the 30% commission it takes on sales, he said: “We don’t have a separate profit and loss statement for the App Store.”

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers also questioned the Apple boss, asking about a survey that showed 39% of developers are dissatisfied with the app store.

Instead, Mr Cook said that he had a “feeling” that it was profitable – but could not share figures with the court.

Tim Cook was being questioned about his oversight of top-level decisions around the policies of App Store.

Mr Cook said he was not familiar with the survey Mr Rogers pointed out but said there was a “friction” because the company rejected 40% of apps weekly.

The judge also asked Mr Cook if he was a gamer, to which he admitted that he was not.

Mr Cook’s opposite number in the case – Tim Sweeney, Epic Games chief – has already appeared on the stand in the opening days of the long-running legal battle.

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