EU drops two Apple iPhone antitrust investigations

Apple changed two iPhone policies, avoiding further inquiries from the European Commission

The European Commission has dropped two antitrust investigations concerning Apple's iPhone after the company reversed two policies that drew the regulator's scrutiny.

The Commission launched the investigations earlier this year regarding Apple's iPhone warranty policy within the European Union and mandates over what development tools and programs could be used to develop Apple-compatible applications.

But the Commission said in a statement on Saturday that Apple will no longer enforce a "country of purchase" rule on warranty repairs. That rule had made it more difficult for iPhone purchasers to claim warranty rights outside the country where they purchased the device.

Apple has now appointed service providers to "offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs," the Commission said.

The Commission was also investigating Apple's tightening in April of the licensing arrangements for developers of iPhone applications. The company began requiring that developers use only Apple's native programming tools and languages. The Commission said it could have "ultimately resulted in shutting out competition from devices running platforms other than Apple's."

Apple said earlier this month that it would remove restrictions on using other development tools.

The company's response shows that "the Commission can use competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers without the need to open formal proceedings," the regulator said.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags governmentmobileregulationApplesoftwareapplicationstelecommunicationapplication developmentconsumer electronicseuropean commissionMobile operating systemsDevelopment toolsMedia players / recorders

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?