Antitrust Lawsuit Could Drastically Change the Apple App Store
The United States Supreme Court has decided to allow an antitrust case against Apple to move forward after the company previously appealed a lower court ruling against it.
As explained in the official Supreme Court’s decision here, Apple is being accused of forcing the App Store on its customers, eventually using its monopolistic power to charge both developers and consumers.
Technically, Apple only allows iPhone apps to be distributed through the App Store. Developers can create apps and publish them in the App Store with a $99 account. If these apps are being sold through the App Store (hence they aren’t offered free of charge), Apple gets a 30% percent of the revenue.
Apple’s approach could pave the way for an antitrust lawsuit, as forcing the App Store on customers and developers and then taking a cut of all sales could mean the company’s business model is based on a monopolistic system…. (read more)