In the United States as in Europe, the Apple App Store is the subject of several antitrust investigations. Companies like Spotify or Epic Games accuse the Californian giant of reigning terror over its application store by prohibiting third-party developers from bypassing its payment system, in order to protect its own commissions.
After two years of investigation, the European Union would be the first to comment. The Financial Times indicates that Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner in charge of competition, will be speaking this week.
Apple soon to be condemned?
It is not yet known what sanction (s) the European Union will pronounce, but the Financial Times indicates that the anti-competitive authorities have ruled in favor of Spotify and the other plaintiffs. Apple would be criticized in particular for prohibiting developers from advertising their own alternative payment systems. Indeed, Spotify does not have the right to invite its users to go to its site to subscribe, at the risk of being banned from the App Store.
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If Apple is doomed, the European Union will set a dangerous precedent for the iPhone and iPad app store. Other authorities could force Apple to review its model… or to authorize the existence of competing stores. Whether for security reasons or financial matters, Apple wants to avoid this scenario at all costs.
Source: Financial Times