What you need to know
- Italy is launching another antitrust investigation into Apple.
- The investigation is also looking into Google and Dropbox.
- This is the third antitrust investigation into Apple from Italy's watchdog.
According to a report from Reuters, Italy has opened an antitrust investigation into Apple, Google, and Dropbox over each company's cloud computing services. The country's antitrust watchdog, the Autorita' Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, is investigating the companies for "improper commercial practices" and "unfair clauses in contract conditions."
This is the third antitrust investigation launched by Italy into Apple. Most recently, the country launched an investigation into Apple and Amazon over sales tactics. That investigation, as stated by the AGCM, focuses specifically on whether Apple and Amazon worked together to restrict the sale of Apple and Beats products from third-party sellers on Amazon's website.
In addition, Apple also lost an appeal in Italy over the never-ending iPhone slow down scandal. Years ago, Apple slowed down iPhone performance of older devices in order to maintain battery performance. The court ruled that Apple should have notified consumers of the change, therefore rejecting the company's appeal over the original ruling.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.