A pair of developers say that Apple has for years maintained a monopoly over the sale and distribution of iOS apps, and they’re suing the tech giant in a US federal court in an attempt to break its “improper monopolization of this market.” The lawsuit seeks class action status, so it could potentially represent anyone who’s ever sold an iOS app in the US.
There’s no question that Apple has almost complete and total control over the distribution of iOS apps. With few exceptions, all apps have to go through the App Store, and they all have to comply with Apple’s rules in order to get onto Apple’s hardware platforms. The question is whether Apple maintaining this control constitutes an illegal monopoly.
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