What you need to know
- Cydia, the app store most know as accessible through jailbreak, is suing Apple.
- The company claims Apple has a monopoly over app distribution and should allow competing app stores.
Reported by The Washington Post, Cydia, a popular app store for the iPhone that existed before Apple's own App Store and then became accessible through jailbreak, is suing Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple used anticompetitive means to kill of Cydia and that it currently maintains a monopoly over app distribution on iOS.
Fred Sainz, a spokesman for Apple, reiterating the company's stance that it is not a monopoly due to other competing app stores. He also pointed to privacy and security as the reason for Apple's stance on controlling app distribution on its devices.
As pointed out by the report, this lawsuit is quite different than the Epic and Spotify fights before it due to the fact that Cydia was actually a competing app store that existed on the iPhone before it was removed.
Jay Freeman, the mind behind Cydia, says that Apple's security and privacy claims over overblown and that consumers should have the ability on what to install and from where.
Stephen Swedlow, the lead attorney at Quinn Emanuel which represents Cydia, says that the "legal climate" for this arugment has changed and that now is the time to fight to allow a competing app store on the iPhone.
You can read the full report at The Washington Post.
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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.
Hello Cydia--ya'll were proud to be outlaws, working outside the system...until now when you're trying to work inside the system to siphon a few bucks off the company you have to thank for your very existence? Sorry, we don't need your apps and the big risks to our data and privacy, thank you very much--especially with the way iOS has evolved and made you obsolete. Oh, wait--that's it! You're obsolete, and so this is the only way you know to try and make a buck. Got it. (Good luck wit dat.)
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