Lawsuit targets Apple’s iOS App Store ‘monopoly’

A proposed class-action lawsuit claims Apple leveraged its popular iOS platform to create a closed ecosystem that locked customers into a software aftermarket saddled by App Store commissions, fees which continue to drive “supracompetetive” profits.Lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit alleges Apple engages in anticompetitive behavior by limiting iPhone, iPod touch and other iOS devices to its own operating system, forcing developers to accept App Store terms on said operating system, restricting third-party app marketplaces and, importantly, levying a 30% commission on App Store purchases.Also noted in the complaint are subsequent changes to App Store policy that allegedly illustrate Apple’s scheme to corner the iOS app market. Included as supposed evidence is the company’s long-running 30% fee on App Store purchases, introduction of subscriptions services, rigid app and in-app content pricing guidelines, and stringent developer contracts, among other policies. Read more…
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