DOJ sues Apple over allegedly monopolizing smartphone market

by ian


The Justice Department is suing Apple over an alleged illegal monopoly over the smartphone market. The DOJ accuses the company of locking customers into their products while disrupting competition.

The DOJ says Apple exercises “monopoly power to extract more money” from consumers and developers. For example, Apple’s default messaging app only allows group chats with fellow iPhone users. Users can get around this with a third-party messaging app, but the lawsuit claims Apple sabotages those platforms.

Apple is accused of similar interference with cross-platform technologies on games, cloud streaming apps, smartwatches, and digital wallets. Sixteen state and district attorneys general have signed onto the lawsuit.