A Digital Don Quixote Saddles Up and Sallies Forth

December 6, 2021

I read ”Apple Takes Russia to Court over App Store Ruling.” Wow, not since my high school days have I encountered such an enchanting slice of fiction. The guide book to weird behavior and classical Spanish grammar is, without a doubt in my mind, Don Quixote. The 17th century Tim Apple is an upper class type who gets lost in a make believe world and proceeds to attack windmills. (Did you know a classmate who pronounced the title of the cherished Baekecker of wackiness as “quick oat”?)

The modern day gallant is going after Mother Russia, currently piloted by the warm, colorful lover of cuisine from the Ukraine. The write up reports:

Both 9to5Mac and RT report Apple is asking for a judicial review of a Federal Antimonopoly Service warning from August that allows developers to mention alternatives to the App Store’s in-app payment system. FAS gave Apple until September 30th to alter its policies, but the company declined to change its rules despite the threat of a fine. The opposition parallels Apple’s legal battles in the US. The judge in Epic’s lawsuit against Apple ordered the tech firm to let App Store developers point to other payment systems, but Apple appealed the injunction in hopes of a delay. The court denied Apple’s request, and the company will have until December 9th to let app makers point to other options. Apple will make exceptions to its policy for some media apps in 2022.

As I understand the links and the text above, Apple will follow Tim, its leader, into battle with a Russian institution of note, the group which prevents companies from having a monopoly in a country with a lot of time zones.

As you may recall. Don Quixote is pretty much crazy. The brave hildago catches something, maybe an early form of Covid, wakes up and is not crazy. There’s some 17th century soap opera maudlin wallowing and finally, thank goodness, the Don dies after returning to normal. Maybe?

Flash forward to the present. Tim Apple is going after the windmill of Russia’s monopoly regulator. How’s this work out? My prediction is that a Russian river tour as an off-site for exceptional app performance is not likely to be a particularly fun trip. It can be nippy in Moscow at this time of the year.

Stephen E Arnold, December 6, 2021


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