What you need to know
- Apple and Amazon are under investigation in Italy.
- It's over allegations of an agreement between the two companies.
- The government would like to know whether they had an agreement restricting competition by prohibiting the sale of hardware.
Apple and Amazon are under investigation in Italy over an alleged agreement to stifle competition by banning the sale of certain hardware.
Antitrust su Apple & Amazon: 2 istruttorie x capire se i 2 hanno vietato ad altri di vendere i prodotti a marchio Apple e Beats (nn a caso l’accordo del 2018 x escludere dal marketplace di Amazon rivenditori nn ufficiali Apple https://t.co/TV4nZxZn42) https://t.co/QjSzvvy281Antitrust su Apple & Amazon: 2 istruttorie x capire se i 2 hanno vietato ad altri di vendere i prodotti a marchio Apple e Beats (nn a caso l’accordo del 2018 x escludere dal marketplace di Amazon rivenditori nn ufficiali Apple https://t.co/TV4nZxZn42) https://t.co/QjSzvvy281— setteBIT (@setteBIT) July 22, 2020July 22, 2020
The Italian competition authority AGCM stated today in a press release:
The authority says the agreement to potentially exclude some subjects from "the marketplace" would have potentially reduced competition "due to the raising of barriers to the outlet of online sales markets to the detriment of unofficial retailers," mainly small and medium-sized enterprises who sell on the web.
The authority says such an agreement would also de-incentivize Apple and Amazon to competitively price Apple and Beats Products, negatively impacting consumers and businesses.
According to the announcement, authority officials have inspected the offices of both Amazon and Apple in the country.
Master your iPhone in minutes
iMore offers spot-on advice and guidance from our team of experts, with decades of Apple device experience to lean on. Learn more with iMore!
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9