How Apple abused the domain by limiting competitors

Big Tech is back in the game. The European Union (EU) accused Apple of blocking rivals from its popular “tap-as-you-go” iPhone payment system on Monday.

The EU said in a statement: “We have informed Apple of our preliminary view that it has abused its dominant position in the markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices.”

Apple’s new antitrust claims

Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager says preliminary EU results show that “Apple may have limited competition” to boost Apple Pay’s success.

Vestager said that as mobile payments play such a vital role in the digital economy, it is imperative that consumers benefit from “a competitive and innovative payments landscape”.

Apple, however, has robbed consumers (and other competitors) of that right by “limiting third-party access to the key technology needed to develop rival mobile wallet solutions.”

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The EU last statement only accepts issues with accessing near-field-communication (NFC) which restricts third-party developers, and not with Apple’s online restrictions to add specific products to its App Store.

This is a separate case that requires “a thorough investigation of Apple’s practices” regarding issues raised by the EU in June 2020.

The case against the Big Five

The latest wave of great technology Antitrust investigations have been ongoing since 2019, when the US government turned the spotlight on some of its most important tech companies.

As reported by The New York Times“Unusual Negotiations” Indicated Potential Antitrust Violations Related to Big Five: Google, Amazon, Meta, Apple and Microsoft

After a delay of unusual negotiations, the Justice Department agreed to manage the potential antitrust investigations related to Apple and Google, while the Federal Trade Commission will deal with Facebook and Amazon.

However, the first major antitrust law case has begun 2001 when Microsoft was indicted to maintain its monopoly position in the PC market through “illegal means”.

Microsoft has done this mainly through legal and technical restrictions to prevent other manufacturers from uninstalling Internet Explorer in favor of other programs.

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