US DOJ decides to take on Apple for monopolistic practices

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Apple over the practice of making competing apps and platform experiences worse.

Some of the highlights include limiting the functionality of non-Apple smartwatches on iOS and making an Apple Watch platform dependent meaning it’s mostly junk if you leave the Mac World. There’s also the severe limiting of messaging integration and continual measures to keep other devices out of the walled garden that is iPhone messaging.

Both Google and Apple are no strangers to being sued for monopolistic practices and losing, but I suspect this one only has a chance to be won on the merits of blocking third party access to provide tap to pay services. We’ll see.

Almost like having one company force their browser, messaging app, video conferencing solution, digital wallet, etc on you is being frowned upon.

I believe the messaging aspect of the case may get the most commentary, but I think it’s the least substantive of the claims (although important and annoying) – then again, this is opinion. Take it as such.

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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