The Department of Justice and state attorneys general are reportedly preparing to launch an antitrust investigation into Apple's App Store after developers continue to raise concerns over anticompetitive behavior.
Amid controversy surrounding Apple's stringent — and notoriously capricious — application of App Store rules, the company on Monday announced a major change to the review process that will allow developers to challenge specific guidelines.
During Apple's state of the platform presentation at the WWDC, Apple's engineers have explicitly said that it will be up to the developer if an iPad or iPhone app appears in the App Store for Apple Silicon Macs.
Apple is reportedly preparing to remove thousands of games from the App Store in China in July, taking down listings for iOS games that operate in the country without gaining approval from the country's regulators.
It might be to developers' advantage to complain loudly about Apple and the App Store, but the same system they decry is what gets them to all of their customers — and most devs have been fine with it since 2008.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be served a subpoena to testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee if he refuses to willingly participate in an ongoing antitrust probe, the investigation's leader said on Friday.
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried, who also serves as chief executive of the firm's standalone email app Hey, on Friday said the dustup surrounding developer response to the tech giant's enforcement of in-app purchases is less about money than it is customer service.
Prominent third-party developers have long tried to leverage public outrage to reduce their contributions to Apple's App Store. But a world where rich developers get a free ride from Apple is also a terrible deal for the general public, as a brief review of history makes very clear.
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, the debate about App Store pricing and policies has fired up again, a new iMac icon found in an unreleased version of iOS 14, and our hosts list their feature wishlist for the next version of iPadOS.
Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in an interview this week said the company has no plans to walk back scrutiny of Basecamp's Hey email app, noting the software must comply with all App Store guidelines in order to be offered on the storefront.