The European Commission has launched an investigation against Apple: the company is suspected of unfair competition

The European Commission Antitrust Authority has reported an antitrust investigation into Apple. And all because

App Store and Apple Pay.

What's wrong

As for the App Store, here is not the lastThe role was played by the streaming service Spotify, whose developers have long accused Apple of unfair competition. As a result, antitrust monitors became interested in the 70/30 scheme, when Apple charges a 30 percent commission, requiring the use of a proprietary in-app purchase system (IAP), as well as a rule prohibiting app developers from informing iPhone and iPad users about cheaper options available elsewhere.

“It seems like Apple has taken on the role“Controller” when it comes to distributing applications and content to users of popular Apple devices, ”said European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Westager.

Now about Apple Pay. The European Commission is concerned about the company's refusal to provide competitors access to the payment system, as well as the privilege of using the “click and work” function on the iPhone.

If Apple is found guilty, it faces a fine of 10% of revenue, which is a rather big $ 26.6 billion.

Company representatives have already responded to the start of the investigation and said:

“We are deeply saddened by the decision of the Europeana commission that charges on the basis of unfounded complaints from several companies that do not want to play by the same rules as everyone else. We don’t think that it’s right - we want to create a field with equal conditions where anyone who is determined and has a great idea can succeed ”