The Justice Department could file a sweeping antitrust case against Apple in early 2022, directed at the company’s dominance of the iPhone, according to three individuals familiar with the matter. The investigation is focused on Apple’s control over its hardware and software, making it difficult for consumers to switch to other brands while impeding competition. Specific concerns include the Apple Watch’s compatibility with iPhones, Apple’s exclusive use of iMessage, and its payment system for the iPhone. The Justice Department is in the final stages of the investigation and may soon decide whether to file a lawsuit. A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment, as did Apple. If the suit is filed, it would be one of four major antitrust lawsuits against major tech companies in the past five years. Apple has stated that its practices are lawful, emphasizing its focus on growing and creating opportunities. Increased regulatory pressure has also impacted Apple’s business globally, with European regulators expected to impose further regulations on the company. The investigation has explored how Apple restricts the use of alternative app stores and cloud gaming apps in its App Store, as well as financial companies’ access to tap-to-pay functions on iPhones. Additionally, Apple’s privacy tools and payment system have attracted scrutiny for potential antitrust violations.
Advancements in U.S. Antitrust Case Against Apple Imminent
The career of Roger Fidler exemplifies a warning: Sometimes, you can predict the future but still fall victim to it. Three decades ago, Mr. Fidler was a media executive promoting a vision of the future for newspapers. The rise of digital technology would allow for news to be accessed on portable devices all day long, […]Read More
Roger Fidler has had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in the newspaper industry. Thirty years ago, he was advocating for the future of newspapers as portable digital devices that would offer multimedia content to readers. While his vision has largely come to fruition with people constantly online and engaged with news, traditional media […]Read More
President Biden will issue an executive order to restrict the sale of American data to China, Russia, and four other countries in an effort to protect sensitive information from being used for malicious purposes. The order aims to prevent personally identifying data, such as locations, health records, and genetics, from being obtained by these countries […]Read More