The man of the hour, Elon Musk, has been tweeting as much as he can in recent weeks — and may be related to his deal to buy Twitter. In his latest tweet, Musk again attacks Apple’s App Store fees to developers. This time he compares it to ‘30% tax on the internet’.
In a reply to another tweetwrites the CEO of Tesla:
Apple’s store is like having 30% tax on the internet. Definitely not okay.
Interesting or not, Epic’s Tim Sweeney also retweeted the aforementioned post.
It’s not the first time Elon Musk has made it clear that he believes App Store fees are a problem. In July 2021, he called it a “de facto global tax on the Internet.” At the time, Musk confirmed the Epic Games debate over whether Apple should open its App Store to offer alternative ways to accept payment for digital goods or let users choose from different stores.
A few days later, Tesla’s CEO again criticized Apple for its “walled garden” during a profit call. Musk was asked about Tesla’s plans to open its coveted Supercharging network to third parties. He went on to explain that the company’s goal is not to create a “walled garden,” but rather to “support the advent of renewable energy.” Musk hid his criticism of Apple behind a ‘cough’.
I think we want to emphasize that our goal is to support the advent of renewable energy. It is not to build a walled garden and use it to club our competitors, which is used by some companies.
Musk was also asked about Tesla’s supply chain during the conversation, prompting him to bring up Apple again. Musk explained that while Apple’s batteries use 100% cobalt, Tesla’s use is much lower:
Apple uses, I think, almost 100% cobalt in their batteries and cell phones and laptops, but Tesla doesn’t use cobalt in the iron phosphate packages and almost none in the nickel-based chemicals,” Musk said. “On a weighted average basis, we could use 2% cobalt compared to, say, 100% cobalt from Apple. Anyway, so it’s just really not a factor.
While Elon Musk’s tweet has no impact on Apple at this time, it’s important to note that the company continues to face legal battles around the world with politicians, major techs and governments trying to end it. Apple’s alleged ‘monopoly’.
9to5MacBen Lovejoy’s wrote an interesting article on the matter, saying how Apple could eventually handle all of these situations if the company wanted it to. You can read it here.
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