Apple has faced a setback, as a federal appellate court in San Francisco on Friday, gave a green signal to further proceedings in an antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple Inc.by consumers who have reported that the company monopolized the market on the sale of iPhone apps. Apple was a distributor of iPhone apps, selling them directly to buyers through its App Store, according to the court.
"The panel held that the plaintiffs were direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than the app developers, and therefore had standing to sue".
Apple requires iPhone software developers to turn over 30 percent of what they charge for an app, increasing prices and excluding competitors from the iPhone "aftermarket" of apps according to the plaintiffs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling dug up a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple's practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store.
Australia romp to victory over Pakistan for series sweep
And each of his four Tests has ended in a win. "Whatever the side will be will be but we won't know until we get there". It was Pakistan's fourth consecutive 3-0 whitewash in Australia since 1999, and their twelfth straight defeat.
Allegations in regards to the App Store "monopoly" have yet to be heard by the courts, with the suit now able to proceed.
The new ruling, however, doesn't necessarily rule that Apple has indeed created a monopoly - it just rules that users have the right to sue Apple. Other apps that led the year in downloads included Prisma, Reigns, Procreate, Lumino City, Sweat With Kayla and djay Pro.The latest Kantar data shows that the iPhone's U.S. market share grew 6.4% year-on-year in the three months ending in November of last year. iOS made gains in seven of the nine key markets monitored by the market intelligence company. Add the $100 billion in iOS services revenue generated from the App Store and Apple Music subscriptions and you will get the $1 billion mark. The ruling would cover all apps sold between 2008, the year the App Store was launched, through 2013.
Law firms also suggests another possibility of getting these issues fixed by having Apple pay the damages for "higher than competitive prices".