Apple Facing Imminent U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

The United States Justice Department is preparing to sue Apple for violating antitrust law as soon as Thursday, reports Bloomberg. The lawsuit will be the culmination of an investigation that initially started in 2019 as an antitrust review of major technology companies. U.S. regulators have already sued Google, Meta, and Amazon.

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Over the last several years, Apple officials have met with the DoJ multiple times, and the investigation has covered everything from iMessage to ad practices. Some of what the DoJ has looked into:

  • How the Apple Watch works better with iPhone than other smart watches do.
  • How Apple locks competitors out of iMessage.
  • How Apple blocks financial firms from offering tap-to-pay services similar to Apple Pay.
  • Whether Apple favors its own apps and services over those provided by third-party developers.
  • How Apple has blocked cloud gaming apps from the App Store.
  • How Apple restricts the ‌‌iPhone‌‌'s location services from devices that compete with AirTag.
  • How App Tracking Transparency impacted the collection of advertising data.
  • In-app purchase fees collected by Apple.

Apple competitors like Tile, Beeper, Basecamp, Meta, and Spotify have had discussions with antitrust investigators to voice their complaints about Apple's practices, as have big banks. According to Bloomberg, the DoJ plans to argue that Apple has used illegal practices to maintain a dominant market position, blocking competitors from hardware and software features on the ‌iPhone‌.

Back in 2020, a United States House Judiciary Subcommittee investigation concluded that Apple, Meta, Google, and Amazon have the "kinds of monopolies" last seen in "the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons." The subcommittee recommended new antitrust law, but the DoJ opted to target Google before going after Apple because Apple was embroiled in an antitrust lawsuit with Epic Games.

Apple in iOS 17.4 had to make sweeping changes to the way the ‌App Store‌ operates in the European Union to comply with the Digital Markets Act, and it was also recently fined $2 billion in Europe for anti-competitive behavior against rival music services.

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Top Rated Comments

fenderbass146 Avatar
18 weeks ago
* How the Apple Watch works better with iPhone than other smart watches do.
* How Apple locks competitors out of iMessage.
* How Apple blocks financial firms from offering tap-to-pay services similar to Apple Pay.
* Whether Apple favors its own apps and services over those provided by third-party developers.
* How Apple has blocked cloud gaming apps from the App Store.
* How Apple restricts the ‌iPhone‌'s location services from devices that compete with AirTag.
* How App Tracking Transparency impacted the collection of advertising data.
* In-app purchase fees collected by Apple.


Man, I hate this garbage. Sure as a consumer, it be nice to have some of this stuff more open, but this is Apples product. The government attempting to control how they operate it is insane. It's not like there isn't an alterative to iOS and the Apple Ecosystem. If I ever created an incredibly successful business like Apple I would want to be able to operate it how I please. This is nuts.
Score: 78 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WiiDSmoker Avatar
18 weeks ago
Good. I hope Apple leaves the USA
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
18 weeks ago
Apple should pull out of the US market also the DOJ should build their own phone if they don't like it.

Yeah, dojPhone, nobody is building apps for that thing.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
18 weeks ago
How is it that the Apple Watch working better with the iPhone than other smartwatches is Apple's fault??

They build the software for both so shouldn't it work better?
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
18 weeks ago
This must just be the EU looking after their own businesses, right?
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apollo68 Avatar
18 weeks ago
Not surprised honestly. Just surprised this hasn't happened sooner.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)