Tuesday, 14 July, 2020


Supreme Court ruling could threaten Apple’s 30 percent app commission

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Conrad Doyle | 13 May, 2019, 21:56

They would have thrown the case out of court because in their view, iPhone users are not direct purchasers who, under the court's precedents, may bring antitrust claims.

For example, Apple giving up on the iPhone SE this year doesn't make much sense, as the company has restarted sales of this 4-inch iPhone several times throughout 2019, most likely to clear out inventory. The consumers' complaint against Apple is the kind of case earlier high court rulings said was not allowed under federal laws that prohibit unfair control of a market, Gorsuch wrote. IOS users can only download apps through the App store and the tech company takes 30 percent commission on every sale.

Apple suffered a significant defeat at the Supreme Court on Monday, when the justices ruled that consumers could forge ahead with a lawsuit against the iPhone giant over the way it manages its App Store.

It might be too big a jump for it to get the same treatment again this year, and if Apple wants to push more power-hungry features like augmented reality, then it'll need to jettison the dead weight holding it back. In that case, the court limited damages for anti-competitive conduct to those directly overcharged rather than indirect victims who paid an overcharge passed on by others.

Kavanaugh's stance with the liberal wing of the court was striking. Things are very different over in the Apple world, but that could change soon, as the United States Supreme Court has ruled that consumers can sue Apple for its App Store monopoly. The suit charges Apple with gouging consumers through what it describes as a monopoly on apps in the App Store.

Apple is among several manufacturers and retailers likely to be affected by escalating tariffs being imposed by the US, which have increased the cost of a range of consumer products. Gorsuch also was appointed by Trump.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a major antitrust lawsuit against Apple over its App Store can move forward.

Rifkin said the alleged overcharges paid by consumers "will be measured in the billions of dollars".

Tom's Hardware has reached out to Apple for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

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