The news: The US Department of Justice is in the early stages of framing a sweeping antitrust complaint against Apple, according to Politico. It’s focusing on Apple’s tight grip on App Store and payments, business practices, and Tile’s complaints over AirTag trackers, per Reuters.
The Politico report says the DOJ, which has been investigating Apple since 2019, has not finalized its plans and is likely biding its time while waiting on the outcome of the Apple vs. Epic Games case, which is under appeal and scheduled to resume October 21.
Four possible areas of focus: The Apple investigation is one of various ongoing antitrust efforts by Congress, the DOJ, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate Big Tech monoliths. The DOJ has a number of potential areas to use as its tentpole arguments against Apple.
Why could this succeed? It’s been a year since various antitrust critics were installed to lead Big Tech investigations, and there’s mounting bipartisan pressure for results.
What’s the catch? Apple could make the argument that its own apps account for a relatively small share of app usage among iPhone users and that this is the case even though some Apple apps are preinstalled to enable core functionality of the device.
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