What you need to know
- A new bill has been introduced in Minnesota targeting Apple.
- It could force Apple to let developers sell iPhone apps through channels other than the App Store.
A new proposal in the State of Minnesota could force Apple to let developers sell iPhone apps through channels other than the App Store.
As reported by StarTribune:
The law is supposed to level the playing field for developers, whilst depriving Apple and Google of the commission fees they charge developers for using their app stores. Similar legislation has previously been introduced in North Dakota and Arizona, as well as Georgia. Bill sponsor Zack Stephenson said, "A lot of people are concerned about the increased influence and power that Big Tech has, and I think there's a lot of interest in trying to make sure that we have a fair and open digital economy."
According to the report, Stephen and other House Democrats consider the move an extension of antitrust measures and the net neutrality debate. From the report:
The report says that big tech companies were lobbying "within hours of the bill being introduced" to try and stop the move.
Apple recently stated that a similar bill in North Dakota would destroy the iPhone as we know it.
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Of all the crap going on in our state right now, this is what we have to focus on? Can't make it up....smh....
Ah yes because politicians are so incompetent they can only focus on one thing at a time....
States have no rights to do anything like this. States do NOT decide marketing strategies for products. If this passes, it will be struck down by the US Supreme Court. What's next? Minnesota will declare that BMWs will be under $20,000 in Minnesota? McDonalds has a "monopoly" on Big Macs, so Big Macs must be available at Wendys? Dream on. The answer - of course - would be that BMW and McDonalds would cease doing business in the People's Republic of Minnesota.
This goes to show how seriously unknowledgeable legislators are on technology. I would not use an App Store other than the App Store from Apple and Google to ensure my device is safe. Also, why should Apple have to support warranty work should a third party app destroy a consumer phone?
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