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Rumour: Apple to be investigated for anti-competitive practices?

It seems that Apple is starting to discover some of the issues that companies at the top of the ladder usually experience, and an antitrust inquiry into the Cuppertino company’s business practices might be the first of many things to come.

Read on to find out more.

The grass is not always greener on the other side, and Apple is about to experience that for itself very soon, if the rumour is to be believed. After years of holding its own against the might of companies like Adobe and Microsoft, it seems that the Cuppertino company is now on its way to experiencing a common issue in the world of big and powerful corporations: antitrust issues.

According to an article in the NYPost, both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission has had Apple in its sights ever since the company made the decision to ban the use of cross-compilers in application development for the iPhone OS, which has been widely viewed by many as a move that was specially made to kill off competition to the iPhone OS.

Citing an unnamed source who was familiar with the matter, the NYPost claimed that the change in Apple’s developer policies had the potential to destroy competition because of its requirement that developers use only Apple’s development tools, which in effect forces developers to make a choice between writing an Apple-only application or a cross-platform compatible one which would be usable on most other mobile OSes except Apple’s. It is believed that most developers would be extremely reluctant to write two different versions of their applications and might end up choosing Apple’s platform simply because of its popularity instead of its merits.

The article also goes on to state that as of now, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are currently holding talks to determine which organization should be given the task and responsibility of launching an antitrust inquiry against Apple, and that both parties are due to make their decision in a matter of days.

Still, it should be noted that the news of an antitrust inquiry is only a rumour, and thus should not be taken as a sign that the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission will take any action against Apple, if at all. However, it’s hard to discredit such information when Apple’s recent moves seem to hint towards an anticompetitive streak similar to that of Microsoft’s back in the 1990s. Either way, you can rest assured that we’ll be keeping tabs on the development of this alleged inquiry against Apple.

Source: NYPost

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