What you need to know
- Apple faces more competition woes in the UK.
- It is under investigation over the market power of Safari and WebKit on devices like the iPhone.
- The CMA also has concerns about Apple's restrictions against streaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia.
Apple could be in more hot water with competition authorities in the UK, as the CMA today announced an investigation in Apple's market power with regards to Safari on mobile devices and Cloud Gaming.
The CMA stated:
The body has done a year-long study, which found "that Apple and Google have an effective duopoly on mobile ecosystems that allows them to exercise a stranglehold over these markets" including operating systems, app stores, and web browsers on mobile devices.
"When it comes to how people use mobile phones, Apple and Google hold all the cards. As good as many of their services and products are, their strong grip on mobile ecosystems allows them to shut out competitors, holding back the British tech sector and limiting choice," said CMA chief Andrea Coscelli.
The CMA is concerned about Apple's use of both Safari as a default browser and the use of Safari as the default browser engine for all app Store browsers on devices like iPhone 13 and its other best iPhones and iPads:
The body also noted Apple's treatment of services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia:
This measure from Apple has been a big point of contention from gaming giant Xbox and Microsoft, as well as a major talking point during the Apple vs Epic Games trial, the first round of which drew to a close last year.
Apple remains beset on all sides by antitrust concerns both at home and abroad, the UK is also ready conducting a similar investigation in Apple's App Store distribution model and payments for in-app purchases.
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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