Developers beg to differ.
From Cook’s prepared remarks to the Judiciary Committee Subcommittee:
The App Store guidelines ensure a high-quality, reliable and secure user experience. They are transparent and applied equally to all developers of all sizes and categories. They are not set in stone. Rather, they have changed as the world has changed, and we work with developers to apply them fairly.
Remember all the apps that apple has prevented shipping because they are “too close” to the built in apps. Or letting companies like Uber use non-public APIs, and instead of blocking them app, the gave the multiple weeks to fix, where small apps would have been blocked. https://t.co/iKMUecKRUl
— John-Mark Gurney 🗑️🔥 (@encthenet) July 29, 2020
Every job I’ve had for the last 10 years I’ve had moments we thought of a really great feature or product but then immediately stopped because we realized Apple wouldn’t let us do it
Apple has all of tech in a total chokehold. I dread having to eventually ship on their platforms https://t.co/JlSwgENitE
— mcc (@mcclure111) July 29, 2020
My take: The App Store hosts 1.7 million apps, according to Cook, of which only 60 belong to Apple. It’s in the space around those 60 apps that antitrust concerns arise.