I suspect that’s why they’re doubling down on it. At the very least it demonstrates consistent application of the rules, and that companies as big as Microsoft are treated the same as solo developers. It’s frustrating, and Apple could and should be willing to adapt their rules when future innovations sprout up, both from big and small guys. To backdown at this moment would suggest bigger companies have more power to force change would contradict apple’s argument of treating all developers the same.
It’s not different, and this argument seems like a misunderstanding of Apple’s statement. I strongly recommend reading the article I linked to at daring fireball, as that provides a superb break down and translates the statement into something easier for us humans to actually digest and understand.
I hope people keep making noise over this so it doesn’t get forgotten and ignored, because ultimately it’s us as customer that lose out. While I admire what the App Store represents and has done for the industry, the fact it’s necessary for noise to incite such change suggest a real problem with how the App Store is run in 2020. I don’t think it’s anti-competitive per se, but the limitations are becoming more prudent and as mobile and cloud software tech is advancing. Apple really ought to rethink their approach on the App Store. They can certainly evolve and change it for the better, without losing any of what makes the App Store fantastic and safe for end users.