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UK Class Action Accuses Apple of Breaking Competition Law by Overcharging for Apps

Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:54 am PDT by
A new legal case filed with the U.K.'s Competition Appeal Tribunal has accused Apple of breaching competition law by overcharging nearly 20 million customers for App Store purchases. The collective action case alleges Apple's 30% commission on app sales and consumers' forced use of its own payment processing system generates "unlawfully excessive levels of profit," and calls for the company...
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UK Retailer John Lewis Lists iPad Pro and iMac Launch Date as May 21

Thursday April 29, 2021 1:03 am PDT by
Last week Apple announced new iPad Pro models with the faster M1 processor and a new mini-LED 12.9-inch display, as well as redesigned 24-inch iMac models. Both iPad models and iMacs will be available to pre-order from the April 30, and while Apple said they'll be shipping in the second half of May, it hasn't provided a specific date. Today, however, U.K. retailer and long-time Apple...
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Apple Blocks Update to UK NHS Contact Tracing App for Breaking Location Data Collection Rules

Monday April 12, 2021 4:32 am PDT by
Apple and Google have blocked an update to England and Wales' contact tracing app that included a feature that would have collected user location data, breaking the companies' terms and conditions for contact tracing apps, the BBC reports. Last year, Apple and Google partnered up to announce a COVID-19 contact tracing API that allows apps to track whether someone has been in contact with an...
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Epic Games Files Complaint to Support UK Antitrust Watchdog's Apple Probe

Tuesday March 30, 2021 4:19 am PDT by
Epic Games today said it had filed a complaint to the UK's antitrust watchdog in support of the government department's ongoing investigation into Apple's alleged anti-competitive behavior. In September 2020, the United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an initial inquiry into developers' complaints about Apple's App Store and so-called "anti-competitive" practices....
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UK Court Backs Swatch in 'One More Thing' Trademark Row With Apple

Tuesday March 30, 2021 1:48 am PDT by
Apple has lost a legal bid to block Swatch from registering Steve Jobs' famous "One more thing" saying as a trademark in the UK, reports The Telegraph. Apple argued that the Swiss watchmaker had trademarked the slogan in "bad faith," as it has been associated with Apple for more than 20 years. The late Steve Jobs often used the phrase to announce new products at the end of Apple...
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App Store Supports Over 830,000 Jobs in UK, Germany, and France, Says Apple

Monday March 15, 2021 1:53 am PDT by
Apple says its App Store now supports more than 330,000 jobs in the U.K., a 10% increase over the past year, despite the pressures of the global health crisis on the nation's economy. According to Apple, 2020 was a "breakthrough year" for the iOS app economy, with developers in the U.K. generating more than £3.6 billion in total earnings, which represents 22% in growth compared to the...
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UK Antitrust Watchdog to Investigate Apple's App Store Policies [Updated]

Thursday March 4, 2021 1:53 am PST by
Today the United Kingdom's Competition and Market Authority (CMA) launched an official investigation into the distribution of apps on iOS and iPadOS devices in the U.K. and the terms and conditions governing the platform. In September of last year, the authority launched an initial inquiry into developers' complaints about Apple's App Store and so-called "anti-competitive" practices. CMA...
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UK Consumer Watchdog Sues Qualcomm for Allegedly Breaching Competition Law

Thursday February 25, 2021 1:51 am PST by
Around 29 million Britons who own an Apple or Samsung phone could be entitled to a collective £480m payout if a landmark legal claim against U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is successful. Consumer watchdog Which? is suing the chipmaker for allegedly breaching U.K. competition law by taking advantage of its dominance in the patent licensing and chip markets. As reported by the BBC, Which? alleges ...
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Google News Showcase Launches in Argentina and the UK

Wednesday February 10, 2021 3:24 am PST by
Google today announced that "Google News Showcase," a new style of displaying the news within the Google and Google News mobile apps and website, has launched in the UK and Argentina, following an Australian rollout last week. Google says News Showcase offers participating publishers the chance to provide more context for stories such as through bullet points and timelines, and it has plans...
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Build Apple Car in the UK, British Members of Parliament Urge

Tuesday February 9, 2021 5:39 am PST by
Members of Parliament (MPs) are calling for the British government to make a bid for Apple to build its long-rumored electric vehicle in the United Kingdom, according to The Telegraph. James Sunderland, Conservative MP for Bracknell, said that it was a "no brainer" for Britain to build the Apple car, and that the UK government should begin to bid for production contracts with Apple. Nick...
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NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Has Told 1.7 Million in England and Wales to Isolate Since September

Tuesday February 9, 2021 12:58 am PST by
NHS COVID-19, the contact tracing app created by the U.K. government, has alerted 1.7 million users to isolate following close contact with someone who goes on to test positive. That's according to an official GOV.UK press release from the Department of Heath and Social Care, which has been collating data about the app since it was launched in September 2020. Over 1.7 million app users...
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Facebook News Tab Launches in the United Kingdom

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:15 am PST by
Facebook News today launched in the United Kingdom, the first country outside of the U.S. to receive the curated news portal. Accessed via a dedicated tab in the mobile Facebook app, the portal features licensed content from hundreds of local and national media organizations including The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Daily Mail Group, and Financial Times...
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Epic Games Expands Fortnite Legal Dispute With Apple to the UK

Thursday January 14, 2021 11:14 am PST by
Epic Games has submitted a complaint to the United Kingdom's Competition Appeal Tribunal, expanding its Fortnite legal battle with both Apple and Google to another country. According to Bloomberg, ‌Epic Games‌ is claiming that Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store was unlawful, and the company is aiming to get Apple to allow Fortnite back into the British ‌App Store‌. In...
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New Lockdown Measures Close All Remaining Apple Stores in the UK

Tuesday January 5, 2021 1:08 am PST by
Apple has temporarily closed all of its stores in the United Kingdom, as England and most of Scotland enter new lockdowns to curb a steep rise in coronavirus cases thought to be caused by a new strain. Announced on Monday by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the new lockdowns close all schools and non-essential shops, and mean people must stay...
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iPhone Upgrade Program Resumes in England

Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:49 am PST by
As England's second national lockdown comes to an end today, after four weeks of waiting, many customers enrolled in Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program are finally able to go in-store to complete their upgrade. England entered a second national lockdown on Thursday, November 5, meaning that Apple stores in England were forced to close, with some converting to a click-and-collect service only. ...
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$6.6 Million Worth of Apple Products Stolen on M1 Highway in the UK

Tuesday November 17, 2020 7:46 am PST by
Almost seven million dollars worth of Apple products have been dramatically stolen from a truck in the UK, Northamptonshire Police reports. A truck driver and security guard were transporting a large number of Apple devices in cargo before being accosted by thieves. The incident took place at around 8pm on Tuesday, November 10, on a slip road off the M1 highway, where the driver and...
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iPhone 12 Upgrade Program Now Available in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Friday November 13, 2020 4:32 am PST by
Reservations for Apple's iPhone 12 Upgrade Program are once again available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The program has been unavailable in the United Kingdom since November 5 due to lockdown restrictions in England. Unfortunately, because of the way Apple's retail system operates, this meant the program was also temporarily unavailable in the UK's other three constituent...
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Second Lockdown to Close All Apple Stores in England for At Least Four Weeks

Monday November 2, 2020 2:51 am PST by
England will enter a new lockdown from Thursday, November 5 to curb a steep rise in coronavirus cases, the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. The lockdown will last for at least four weeks, closing all non-essential shops, including all Apple stores in the country, just over one week before Apple launches the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on Friday, November 13. In his...
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UK Ban on Sale of Locked Handsets to Come into Effect December 2021

Tuesday October 27, 2020 2:32 am PDT by
British telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed it is to ban mobile phone operators from selling locked handsets in order to make switching networks easier for customers (via Sky News). The watchdog says the current rules hurt some consumers because locked handsets can't be used on other mobile networks until the owner pays for them to be unlocked – usually around £10. Ofcom, which...
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iPhone 12 Upgrades Interfering With COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App Notifications, How to Fix

Sunday October 25, 2020 11:40 am PDT by
Some iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users in the UK have reported that their new devices are recieving an error message in the "NHS COVID-19" contact-tracing app, rendering it unusable (via BBC News). 'Unfortunately, You Can't Run This App' Similar errors and issues have been reported in other regions contact tracing apps that also use Apple's Exposure Notification API. The error appears to...