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macsince1988 said:Apple did NOT earn $90.15B in fourth quarter of 2022. That is their total revenue. They earned $20.72B, for a profit margin of 22.99%.
The fact of the matter is that both developers and consumers chose Apple's business model and the walled garden approach. It is Apple hardware, Apple software and Apple services through and through and it's been that way since day one of the App Store. There were rules, standards and a 30% fee and pricey iPhone hardware at a time when Apple had zero marketshare and zero leverage. They got to where they are by creating fantastic products and experiences that consumers want and those same consumers voted time and again with their money to support.
This entire argument by the nit-wit at EPIC is nothing more than sour grapes. His sense of entitlement to freely use other people's creations is astonishing by itself. Contrary to Sweeney's disingenuous, self-serving tripe, consumers are getting EXACTLY what they want.
Lest we all forget, there was hysteria over the free fall collapse of app pricing for years in the App Store, so the idea that somehow Apple's model harms consumers is ridiculous. What it has done is create tremendous competition in a marketplace full of discerning consumers who value quality and all of the other attributes that come along with freely choosing to participate.
I am consistently taken aback by the disrespectful selfishness of those who want to whine their way into other people's pockets. If you don't want to play by the rules, go somewhere else. Consumers will pick the winners and losers just like they always have.