On Tuesday, a US judge denied Apple’s efforts to suspend orders after Fortnite creator Epic Games an antitrust case.

The iPhone maker immediately that it would the denial, with the goal of avoiding potentially major changes to its lucrative App Store before the December 9 for the execution of the court order.

Earlier this year, Epic was tried for Apple’s practice of forcing developers to use its in-app payment system and pay commissions to iPhone manufacturers. In September, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez issued a ruling generally in favor of Apple.

But she expressed concern that Apple would keep consumers ignorant of alternative payment methods and ordered Apple to lift the ban on in-app links, buttons, and messages about other payment methods to users.

Apple has appealed the judge’s ruling, asking her to suspend her order during the process, which may take several years.

Gonzalez Rogers (Gonzalez Rogers) severely rebuked the iPhone manufacturer, saying that Apple prohibits other payment methods from telling consumers, which shows that its App Store’s “antitrust behavior is beginning to take shape, including very competitive commissions. Rate, resulting in very high operating profit margins.”

She wrote that Apple’s own in-app payment method will still be more convenient than third-party methods, and many consumers may still choose to use it.

“The fact remains: it should be their choice,” Gonzalez wrote. “Consumer information, transparency and consumer choice are in the public interest.”

Apple said it will Gonzalez Rogers’ to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which may grant Apple temporary suspension before the December 9 deadline.

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“Apple believes that no additional business changes are required to take effect until all appeals in this case are resolved. We intend to request the Ninth Circuit to suspend enforcement based on these circumstances,” Apple said in a statement.

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