U.S. Justice Department Ramps Up Apple Investigation Amid Antitrust Concerns

The U.S. Department of Justice has escalated its antitrust probe into Apple in recent months, according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the report claims additional litigators have been assigned to the case and new requests have been submitted for documents and consultations with companies connected to the investigation.

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As part of the probe, the report claims the Justice Department is looking into Apple's App Store business practices and whether iOS favors Apple's own apps and services over those provided by third-party developers and other companies.

Apple declined to comment on the report, but the company has previously denied that it operates anticompetitively and said it welcomes competition on the App Store.

The investigation began in 2019, when the Justice Department inquired about Apple's policies surrounding the App Store and met with developers to learn more about the App Store's review process. If the Justice Department chooses to move forward with a complaint, then Apple would face an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government.

Apple has been accused of or investigated for anticompetitive practices in several other countries over the past few years, including the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, and more, with many of the complaints related to the App Store. As a result, Apple has been forced to make changes to the App Store in some countries, such as allowing developers to offer alternative payment systems in South Korea.

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Top Rated Comments

turbineseaplane Avatar
17 months ago
Love it ...

Apple needs to be brought to heel a bit

We'll all be better off for it -- even Apple (eventually)
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
17 months ago
Time to remake the 1984 commercial but with Apple the one talking on the the big screen.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DelayedGratificationGene Avatar
17 months ago
I mean this has been going on for a decade at least. Stop grandstanding and wasting taxpayer money already. Billions of people trust the security and privacy ecosystem of Apple. Keep your ignorant hands off and stop helping hackers and thieves etc!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
17 months ago
Apple declined to comment on the report, but the company has previously denied that it operates anticompetitively and said it welcomes competition on the App Store.
Welcomes competition ?

It must've been another company that has been fighting tooth and nail to prevent alternative 3rd party payment options or prevent reader app developers from including an in-app link to their own website for users to set up and/or manage payments for their accounts.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jaw04005 Avatar
17 months ago

This is an investigation about anticompetitive practices that Apple might be identified with. The App Store is only part of it, you have Apple Pay, Apple Card also competing with traditional banking industry and credit card companies.
Well, I for one would definitely want my tax dollars going to protect the traditional banking industry and credit card companies.

No one needs more protection than those two industries.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
17 months ago

The U.S. Department of Justice has escalated its antitrust probe into Apple in recent months, according to The Wall Street Journal ('https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-escalates-apple-probe-looks-to-involve-antitrust-chief-2fa86ddf'). Specifically, the report claims additional litigators have been assigned to the case and new requests have been submitted for documents and consultations with companies connected to the investigation.
This is an investigation about anticompetitive practices that Apple might be identified with.

9to5 had this additional information.

The probe is reaching the point to where the team is looking for ways to involve Jonathan Kanter, the head of the DOJ’s antitrust division. As previous reports have said, Kanter represented opponents of Apple, including Spotify, Tile, Match, and Basecamp, prior to joining the DOJ.

Apple would easily be able to challenge this anticompetitive investigation probe based on obvious bias of Jonathan Kanter that is involved.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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