Apple Apps Anticompetitive?
Senator Warren’s recent comments regarding Apple and the app store don’t make much sense to me. She states that she doesn’t want Apple to be able to host its own apps on the App store d/t the effect on platform equality and competition. But to the best of my knowledge, I can’t think of an app produced by Apple that actually costs money. Is it anticompetitive to produce free apps? You could argue that producing an operating system with default apications (such as an internet browser and app store) is anticompetitive. But, when the default app doesn’t cost money and is built into a continually updated operating system that is free after the purchase of the device, what exactly is the issue? Especially when alternative apps are readily available in a curated list on the App Store! From a security standpoint, having a regulated app store seems pretty sensible to me. Sure, Apple does profit from the app store. But, it does cost money to host and improve the app store. They are entitled to some cut of app sales based on that fact alone. The best argument you could make in my opinion is that Apple should run the App store at cost and should not make a profit from app competitors. Subscription services such as Spotify and Netflix come to mind. These services have migrated their subscription route away from Itunes d/t Apple dipping in their pockets. Is it ethical for Apple to profit from a direct competitor on a platform that they regulate? This is the real issue in my opinion. It seems like most politicians don’t know that much about Silicon Valley, and that these “policy announcements” are just click bait. Doubtful that Warren would every attempt to follow through with this plan.