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Report: US DOJ to Sue Apple for Preventing Competitors from Using iPhone Features

<p>(Reuters) -According to Bloomberg News on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is getting ready to sue Apple as soon as Thursday for allegedly breaking antitrust laws by preventing competitors from using the iPhone’s hardware and software capabilities.</p>
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<p>Republican and Democratic agreement on a few issues has been to take action against Big Tech. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) initiated investigations against Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon during the Trump administration, which concluded in 2021.</p>
<p>Requests for a response from Reuters were not immediately answered by Apple or a DOJ representative.</p>
<p>It’s unclear what the allegations would center on, but hardware manufacturers—such as Tile, a company that makes smart trackers—have long complained to Apple about limiting their ability to use the iPhone’s sensors while creating rival goods with more access.</p>
<p>Some years after Tile had started selling a comparable product, Apple started offering AirTags, which are tags that can be affixed to objects like vehicle keys to aid customers in finding them when they go missing.</p>
<p>In a similar vein, Apple has limited user access to the iPhone’s contactless payment chip. The only way to add credit cards to the iPhone is via Apple Pay, which is a proprietary service.</p>
<p>For a some time now, Apple has maintained that it limits third-party developers’ access to certain user data and parts of the iPhone’s hardware for security and privacy concerns.</p>
<p>The iMessage service, which is exclusive to Apple smartphones, has also drawn criticism from the manufacturer of iPhones. The corporation has come under fire for allegedly undermining communications sent and received via Android phones by reducing the size of images and videos. Apple reversed course last year and said that it would embrace RCS, a new messaging protocol that Google has been pushing as a method to improve communications across various device types.</p>
<p>Apple executives met with Justice Department officials late in February, according to a report from Bloomberg News, with the aim of convincing the government not to bring an antitrust lawsuit against the company that makes iPhones.</p>
<p>According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department has filed three antitrust lawsuits against Apple in the last fourteen years, but this is the first in which the iPhone manufacturer is charged with unlawfully retaining its dominant position.</p>
<p>Apple and Epic Games, the company behind the “Fortnite” videogame, are engaged in a legal battle over antitrust issues.</p>
<p>Earlier in the day, Epic Games’ appeal against Apple’s noncompliance with a court-ordered injunction controlling payments in its profitable App Store was joined by Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Elon Musk’s X, and Match Group.</p>
<p>The companies that created some of the most well-known applications in the App Store claimed that by making it impossible for customers to find less expensive ways to pay for digital material, Apple was in “clear violation” of the injunction that was issued in September 2021.</p>
<p>Since Democratic President Joe Biden assumed office, the Justice Department has sued Alphabet’s Google twice: first in relation to the search engine company’s operations under Republican Donald Trump and again in relation to advertising technology. During the Trump administration, the FTC filed a complaint against Facebook, and Biden’s FTC has continued to pursue the case.</p>

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