Elon MuskCEO of Tesla, posted on Twitter a criticism of commission policy that Apple is doing in its App Store, calling the developer cut something wrong and likening it to a “30% internet tax”. But it didn’t stop there, as he says that this commission is “literally 10 times higher than it should be“.
Literally 10 times higher than it should be
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
This is the Commission itself app store, which takes 30% of the revenue from all sales generated by developers on its platform. Of course, after the legal battle he had with Epic Games over Fortnite, at the beginning of 2021 they reduced the commission to 15% (movement followed by Google).
However, this did not benefit all developers as it only applied to small businesses. generating less than $1 million in annual sales. Thus, companies as large as Tinder or Spotify allied with Epic Games Add more pressure to change this percentage.
This This isn’t the first time Elon Musk has criticized Apple. since, for example, in October 2015during an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Elon joked that Apple was Tesla’s graveyard, since the engineers his company had fired ended up being hired by Apple. Interestingly, that statement was fulfilled years later, as in 2019 Apple hired Steve MacManus, a former executive responsible for vehicle exteriors and interiors at Tesla, as a senior manager.
Already more recently, in July 2021, Elon mentioned that Manzana It is not an environmentally conscious company., as it used almost 100% cobalt to produce batteries, laptops and smartphones. Additionally, he accused the company of being “a walled garden that crushes its competitors“, referring to this way of working Apple as a monopoly and a closed environment.