Apple App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Last month, music-streaming service Spotify filed a complaint about Apple with European Union regulators, saying the Apple Music purveyor uses its grip on the App Store to stifle innovation, weaken competition and unfairly tax its rivals. Apple called Spotify’s claims “misleading.”The iPhone maker didn’t respond to CNET’s request for comment on Saturday, but a spokeswoman for the company told the paper that Apple treats all apps the same, including those from competitors. The apps in question were called out because they could grab too much data from a user’s device, she said, and the timing had nothing to do with the release of Apple’s screen-time and parental controls features.”Our incentive is to have a vibrant app ecosystem that provides consumers access to as many quality apps as possible,” she told the Times.Originally published April 27 at 2:28 p.m.Update on April 28 at 7:17 p.m. PT: Adds Apple statement. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Boost Mobile See All Phones Mobile Apps Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Apple, App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior Apple iPhone XS Comments $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Related storiescenter_img See It See It $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it Tags Sprint Share your voice See It Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about screen addiction, among other things, at the Time 100 Summit in New York on Tuesday. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple is facing further scrutiny over whether it’s using its hold on the App Store to hurt competitors’ products.A Saturday report in The New York Times says that in the past year, Apple has targeted 11 of the 17 most downloaded third-party apps designed to help phone users limit screen time or oversee their children’s phone use. Apple either removed the apps from the App Store outright or restricted them in some way, the Times reports.Apple on Sunday refuted the report in a statement posted in its newsroom. In it, the company said it recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store because “they put users’ privacy and security at risk.” It had noticed some apps installed invasive mobile device management software on devices. Some apps fixed the issue and remained in the App Store. Those that didn’t were removed. You can read more about that here. The iPhone maker introduced its own screen-time and parental-controls features last June when it unveiled iOS 12, the most recent major update to Apple’s mobile operating system. On Friday, CEO Tim Cook discussed screen addiction at the Time 100 Summit in New York.The Times report says the makers of two of the App Store’s most popular parental control apps filed a complaint Thursday with the European Union’s competition office, with one saying Apple compelled it to alter its app in ways that made it less effective than Apple’s parental controls. Screen time is rising and it’s ruining us: 11 ways to cut back Apple helps you kick iPhone addiction with iOS 12 Spotify: Apple’s App Store abuses its power to ‘stifle’ rivals Apple slams Spotify’s ‘misleading’ claim App Store abuses its power Apple • $999 Applelast_img

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