Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies in ‘Fortnite’ trial; decision by Aug. 13

This artist rendering shows Apple CEO Tim Cook on the witness stand being questioned by Apple's attorney Veronica Moyé during a trial in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, May 21, 2021.

For about four hours, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified Friday in the trial initiated by Epic Games’ suit charging that the tech giant’s App Store is monopolistic.

Throughout, Cook provided answers about Apple’s business strategy and how the App Store operates. Apple’s mission, Cook said, “is to make the best products in the world that really enrich people’s lives.”

He faced pointed questions from not only Epic Games’ attorney Gary Bronstein but also U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Near the end of Cook’s testimony, Rogers asked Cook about games on the App Store and how they provide a disproportionate segment of its revenue.

What would be wrong with giving users more ways to get cheaper content, Rogers asked. The App Store is “quite lucrative … and focused on purchases that are being made, frankly, on an impulse basis,” she said. 

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