The EU's powerful antitrust arm is weighing Spotify's complaint targeting Apple.
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced it will investigate Apple to determine whether the company abuses its position in the App Store, like giving its own apps preferential treatment.More news: Recalled pre-cut melon sickens 93 people in salmonella outbreak
Apple said it treats all app developers equally. "In the market study, ACM has received indications from app providers, which seem to indicate that Apple abuses its position in the App Store", said Henk Don, an ACM board member. According to the ACM, the number of complaints about the monopolistic practices of Apple is enough for launching a formal investigation since the company is doing it for a long time. The European Commission is considering the complaint. The investigation focuses on Dutch apps for news media.
In the study on mobile app stores, the ACM noted the increasing dependence on the two app stores for app developers looking to reach mobile users.
As subscription terms and conditions and the costs of a package are often unclear in iOS, many users have accidentally subscribed to services, only to realize when they look at their bank statement and notice a hefty chunk being taken as part of an App Store transaction. On the one hand, it is in the interest of Apple and Google to offer many and different apps in their app stores. For example, providers of digital products and services are required to use Apple and Google payment systems on the stories.More news: Pope Francis kisses shoes of Sudanese leaders in plea for peace
The addition of the new confirmation step means when you download an app with a subscription or purchase a subscription option in an app, you'll see a second subscription popup requiring a confirmation after you initially confirm the purchase via Touch ID or Face ID on an iOS device. They often can not use all of the facilities of an iPhone.
Speaking to CNN, Apple asserts it's "confident" the review will confirm an "equal opportunity" for all developers to succeed within its App Store.More news: Instagram Declares to Disapprove Inappropriate Content to Safeguard the App