Apple in US court over app store 'monopoly'

iPhone owner group claims Apple's app store exclusivity breaches anti-trust issues

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Apple in US court over app store 'monopoly' The US Supreme Court is deciding whether an anti-trust action can go ahead.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 27, 2018

Apple is back in court to defend the 30% commission that it takes on sales through the App store.

The company is facing an anti-trust lawsuit from consumers in the US, which says that Apple inflates the cost of apps by keeping the iPhone app store as the only place where users can buy apps.

A group of iPhone owners launched the case in 2011, and the US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments to decide whether the case can proceed.

The owners argue that because Apple charges a standard 30% commission on iPhone app sales, it leads to developers increasing prices to cover Apple's cut. The app store is the only outlet for iPhone apps, which also raises antitrust issues.

Apple has argued that only app developers, not the consumers, are eligible to bring an anti-trust action against it, and that it simply acts as an agent for developers who set their own prices.

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