Apple executive Phil Schiller testified in the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit on Monday and revealed in his testimony that Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held each year Cost: 50 million US dollars.
The reason why Schiller revealed the funds spent in the annual WWDC was to prove that Apple did not use the App Store as a cash cow. They spent a lot of money to maintain the iPhone ecosystem. But before the event is held online due to COVID-19, Apple will charge developers a $1,500 participation fee.
Schiller is trying to refute a point that Epic Games is trying to make. The latter filed a lawsuit against Apple, hoping to persuade a federal judge to order changes to the App Store. Most notably, Epic hopes to reduce Apple’s commission for in-app purchases or cancel it directly. Epic Games believes that Apple’s profit margins from the software store are too high.
Schiller also revealed that Apple is building a facility for developers in Apple Park so that they can develop their applications in the company’s facilities and get the support of engineers. Schiller said that the company’s facilities department is responsible for construction projects and does not count the operating expenses of the App Store.
Apple Global Developers Conference has been held in June every year, and its keynote speeches have become a traditional venue for the release of new versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. Due to the new crown epidemic, WWDC in 2021 will be held online on June 7.