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Apple sued by US government over iPhone monopoly – what you need to know

The U.S. government is taking Apple to court, alleging that the company used its monopoly power over the iPhone to block developers from offering better alternatives to iPhone apps, driving up costs for consumers.
The antitrust suit was filed in New Jersey with 16 state attorneys general joining the U.S. Justice Department. The government alleges that because of Apple’s conduct, iPhone owners have no choice but to get their apps via Apple-approved channels. That, in turn, makes it harder to switch to other mobile platforms.
“Consumers should not have to pay higher prices because companies violate the antitrust laws,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland sais in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “We allege that Apple has maintained monopoly power in the smartphone market, not simply by staying ahead of the competition on the merits, but by violating federal antitrust law. If left unchallenged, Apple will only continue to strengthen its smartphone monopoly.



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