Apple on Wednesday highlighted the estimated number of US jobs created by its iOS app ecosystem. It comes as the company battles Fortnite developer Epic over , which can be .
The iOS app economy has created almost 300,000 new jobs since April 2019 and supports more than 2.1 million US jobs across all 50 states, Apple estimated in a blog post that cited research by Washington DC-based think tank Progressive Policy Institute. Most of these jobs are concentrated in states on the East and West coasts, as well as in Texas, while the Midwest has the fewest.
Big companies like Epic and Facebook have fought Apple's commission rates. Epic's megahit Fortnite was removed from the App Store last month after the developer created a direct payment plan allowing players to circumvent Apple's 30% fee, and then Facebook's attempt to tell people about the fee was.
In July, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company's policies in a . The European Competition Commission into the App Store in June, following music streaming service Spotify's complaint about the fees Apple charges companies when people make in-app purchases.