Pressure builds on Apple to reform its App Store rules

On Monday, Russia joined the EU (no, not that way!) and half the antitrust committee to complain about the App Store.

From Reuters’ “Russian watchdog says Apple abused mobile app market dominance“:

Russian competition watchdog FAS on Monday said that Apple Inc has abused its dominant position in the mobile apps market through its App Store for iOS devices and will issue an order demanding that the company resolve regulations breaches.

My take: Get in line.

7 Comments

  1. Lalit Jagtap said:
    I guess finally the world is catching up with Team Apple’s innovation to distribute apps (code) in a controlled and curated fashion.

    Now every major major government and company like Microsoft who didn’t innovate wants “to help tweak” the rules of the “App Store” designed by Apple.

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  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    Just curious, but does anyone know the size of Apple, Inc.’s legal department and its organizational structure. It must be an extremely large number of staffs. Knowing Apple, I would not expect them to outsource much, if any, of its legal work, but retain most, if not all, in-house. I also assume their legal staffs are spread across the globe.

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    • Jacob Feenstra said:
      It’s staggering that Apple makes any money at all with all the lawsuits that it has to deal with. According to Bruce Sewell—Apple’s previous top lawyer—his department had a budget of 1 billion dollars in 2017. I wouldn’t be surprised if the total number of staff is in the thousands—maybe between 3000 and 4000?

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  3. Thomas Larkin said:
    Just an observation, I would gladly pay 30/15% more for an app that has been cleared by Apple and keeps all transactions (and thus account numbers, etc) within the App store. That curation and assurance across my Apple devices is not just worth it to me, it’s exactly what I want. So how do I as a consumer say please don’t take that choice away from me, just because a few misguided developers, etc. don’t see what they get for it, namely, many more buyers for their app, I suspect. But I suspect someone in legal is already looking into that line of inquiry?

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  4. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Perhaps Microsoft was advising the Russian competition watchdog FAS just as they did Congress. Much ado about nothing.

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