Apple is asking a judge to delay security changes to thwart sale of counterfeit iOS apps

Update, March 16, 5:30 p.m.: The court issued a ruling rejecting Apple’s request to delay the Apple Store 1.1.2 implementations set to roll out March 15, according to Fortune. In a memo sent to employees, Apple said the issue had already been resolved.

Update, March 16, 10:30 a.m.: The Verge is reporting that Apple is planning to roll out the changes to iTunes and the App Store servers on Monday morning.

Original post: In a move that Apple hopes will protect its dominant spot in the market, Apple has applied to U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh for a temporary delay in implementing new security measures designed to curtail the sale of counterfeit iOS applications. Apple first disclosed its application Friday, noting in a letter to customers that it will create a feature that would allow users to report instances of malware within their apps.

We learned Wednesday, after Apple quietly announced it, that Apple Store 1.1.2 would go live on March 15. The new version of the platform has been tweaked from versions that have gone live before this on the App Store’s iOS section. It includes two changes specifically designed to combat the sale of counterfeit apps, which Apple said accounted for almost half of all illegal downloads from the store last year.

Faced with a new app-sharing requirement that Apple first implemented in January, users will need to log into the App Store’s iOS page to share Apple Store apps. Purchases within these apps will require more than two taps to be completed, following a reduction in the number of taps one needs to perform on each side of the screen to complete a transaction. And the app’s icon will no longer be an iPhone that can be docked.

These changes bring Apple more into line with rival Google, which also requires users to log in for any purchases made within its apps. The changes are expected to be in place by Monday, March 18, but Apple is looking to delay the implementation of the security modifications, Bloomberg reports.

Apple also announced Tuesday that it would be changing how iOS and OS X devices report location data to prevent tracking of non-users of the devices.

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