News publishers are now jumping into the antitrust fight against Apple
What you need to know
- A trade group has drafted a letter arguing against Apple's App Store policies.
- The letter points to Apple's deal with Amazon as favoritism that other developers cannot enjoy.
- It also argues against the company's fee structure.
News publishers are jumping on the antitrust train against Apple.
Reported by 9to5Mac, a trade group that represents major newspapers like the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal have written a letter that puts pressure on Apple's 30% fee for in-app purchases on the App Store.
Specifically, the letter seeks to punch a hole in Apple's argument that all developers are treated equally on the platform. The letter points to Apple's deal with Amazon, where Apple agreed to drop its 30% in the first year for new subscribers and also allowed Amazon to use its own payment system
The letter complains that Amazon is getting specialized treatment that is not available to all developers on the App Store. Tim Cook assured that deals like Amazon's are "available to anyone meeting the conditions," but did not specify what those conditions exactly are. In response, the trade group is asking for the terms of the deal to be publicized.
The letter also argues that Apple's fee is unfair because of its set percentage. The trade group argues that Apple should not be able to collect the same percentage of revenue from a newspaper that is able to command a higher price for their publication.
Apple is fighting against a number of antitrust investigations and lawsuits. Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple already has a new judge who is presiding over a number of related cases against the company.
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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.