Jun 21, 2021

German watchdog probes Apple's market dominance

In a statement, Andreas Mundt, President of the FCO, said it would examine whether with iOS Apple had created "a digital ecosystem around its iPhone that extends across several markets". In June the UK's Competition and Markets Authority confirmed it was investigating Apple and Google over their "Effective duopoly" in mobile app stores, operating systems and web browsers. Depending on the outcome of its investigation, the FCO said it would look in more detail at specific practices of Apple, in a possible further proceeding. The watchdog noted that App developers had criticised "The mandatory use of Apple's own in-app purchase system and the 30% commission rate associated with this". In response to the news, Apple said the "iOS app economy" supported more than 250,000 jobs in Germany.

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