Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the witness stand this Friday in a high-stakes court battle over the lucrative commissions the iPhone maker has reaped from its mobile app store. The timing of Cook’s highly anticipated testimony was confirmed on Wednesday when a federal judge granted Apple’s request to allow the 60-year-old executive to be the first sworn witness on Friday morning in a trial that s ‘has been taking place in a courtroom in Oakland, Calif., since the start of this month.

The lawsuit revolves around an antitrust lawsuit filed last year by Epic Games, the creators of the popular Fortnite video game .

Epic is trying to prove that commissions ranging from 15% to 30% on transactions in apps installed on iPhone, iPad and iPod are part of a monopoly Apple has created around a fortress blocking other payment options on their mobile devices.

Apple brushed off the allegations as Epic’s desperate attempt to increase its own profits by breaking a contract covering a system that requires a small portion of its store’s 1.8 million apps to pay commissions on transactions. Apple says the commissions help pay for the technology that powers its products, including the security and privacy protections that helped make the iPhone so popular.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Image: Reuters

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Picture: .

Cook will speak as Apple prepares to wrap up its case before both sides present their closing arguments and answer U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ questions on the evidence on Monday. His appearance will also serve as a bookend for the testimony of Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who spoke for two days in the first two days of the trial.

(Also read: Apple vs. Epic Trial: Tim Sweeney Acknowledges Epic Brazenly Breached Apple Contract To Make A Point)

The testimony of CEOs could be a mixed study. Cook has become a polite and confident public speaker since he inherited his CEO role nearly a decade ago from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But Sweeney is much softer and often had to speak out during his testimony which sometimes included statements that seemed to bolster Apple’s defense.

(Also Read: Apple vs Epic Games Trial: Slide Layout Review Shows App Store Generated $ 2.1 Billion In Billings)

Cook will also have the benefit of listening to how Epic’s lawyers grilled the Apple executives who spoke. That list included Phil Schiller, Apple’s former marketing guru and a Jobs confidant who was at the booth Monday and Tuesday. Apple’s chief software officer Craig Federighi spoke on Wednesday to discuss the various ways the company is isolating its products from hackers.

The specter of Jobs is likely to be raised while Cook is at the booth, based on Epic’s strategy so far. Epic’s lawyers have repeatedly referred to Jobs’ initial predictions that Apple wouldn’t make much money from the App Store when it unveiled it 13 years ago.

(Also read: Apple vs Epic Games in court: a lawsuit that could change the future of the App Store and change how apps work forever)

Since then, the App Store has been more successful than anyone imagined and a major contributor to profit growth that has helped give Apple its current market value of nearly $ 2.1 trillion. The money Apple earns from the App Store remained a subject of controversy during the trial, although Schiller conceded during his testimony that Cupertino, Calif., Had pocketed at least $ 20 billion until the end of the trial. June 2017, based on calculations from figures. published publicly at this time.

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