Within the course of a single day, Apple has found itself the subject of two new EU antitrust probes. Europe’s Competition Commission announced on Tuesday that it is opening dual investigations into Apple Pay and the App Store.
The App Store investigation was triggered by a restrictions Apple places on developers to inform consumers of payment options that may be cheaper outside of the app.over a year ago tied to the high percentage of fees Apple charges companies when consumers make in-app purchases. The investigation will focus on the
“It appears that Apple obtained a ‘gatekeeper’ role when it comes to the distribution of apps and content to users of Apple’s popular devices,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a statement. “We need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers, for example with its music streaming service Apple Music or with Apple Books.”
“It is important that Apple’s measures do not deny consumers the benefits of new payment technologies, including better choice, quality, innovation and competitive prices,” said Vestager. She added that theoutbreak had demonstrated the importance of being able to use contactless payment in stores.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.