The British antitrust office announces further investigations into Apple

At the end of last year, the British anti-monopoly office published a report on the Apple-Google duopoly in the market of mobile operating systems. Its representatives recently announced two more investigations into Apple.

The first investigation announced by the British antimonopoly office is to concern web browsers for mobile systems. Apple requires all browsers published in the App Store to use the WebKit engine developed by this company. Office officials believe that in this way Apple prevents competitors from creating a browser that would be significantly different from Safari in terms of performance and functionality. They also claim that Apple may thus limit the possibilities of developers who want to offer web applications to iPhone users.

The second investigation is about streaming gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Stadia. Until recently, the App Store regulations explicitly forbade publishing this type of application there. After a wave of criticism, Apple decided to slightly modify the rules, allowing such applications, but imposing numerous difficulties and restrictions on their creators. Representatives of the British anti-monopoly office believe that Apple is trying to protect its own income from commission from selling games in the App Store. They accuse the company of, on the one hand, acting to the detriment of customers, limiting their access to new, useful technology, and on the other hand, hindering the development of the computer games industry.

Source: CMA

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