Elon Musk takes on Apple over App Store fees
Elon Musk criticized Apple for what he perceives as a wildly excessive cut it is receiving from developers on its App Store.
The future lord of Twitter used his own social network to compare Apple’s policy to a 30% tax on the Internet.
The Apple store is like having a 30% internet tax. Definitely disagree.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
This tweet came in response to a Slashdot tweet pointing to an article about how PayPal helped steer EU antitrust efforts in Apple’s direction. PayPal, of course, is one of Musk’s oldest and largest business affiliations.
The Tesla and SpaceX billionaire was not done with his attack on Apple. He later claimed that Apple’s 30% app store fee was “literally 10 times higher than it should be.”
Elon Musk has a long history of brazenly criticizing Apple. This included a canny dismissal of rumors surrounding Apple’s entry into the electric car business in 2015 with claims that “we still jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla graveyard’.” If you don’t succeed at Tesla, you go to work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”
Last year, Musk was alleged to have told Apple CEO Tim Cook that the only condition for Apple buying Tesla would be that he take Cook’s job. According to the report (since Cook and Musk denied it), the Apple-worthy celebrity chef responded with a swear word and hung up the phone.
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