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EU ends investigation into Apple after iOS policy changes

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Sat September 25, 2010

EU says new iOS policy puts halt to investigation

The European Commission on Saturday said it was putting an end to an investigation of Apple's app policies. Competition Policy VP Joaquín Almunia claimed that Apple had relaxed iPhone development rules in direct response to EU investigations. Apple's move was characterized as proof change could be voluntary.

"Apple's response to our preliminary investigations shows that the Commission can use the competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers, without the need to open formal proceedings," Almunia said.

Microsoft has stood in contrast as it has been interoperability push. Agency leaders had been concerned that Apple and others were attempting the same kind of lock-in with mobile phones that had led to the fines against Microsoft for its control of the desktop. Apple had insisted that its initial plan to ban third-party compiling tools was to preserve iOS app quality, but the move conveniently made it much more difficult to write both for Apple devices and for other platforms like Android and BlackBerry, as companies would need to rewrite and port code themselves instead of simply using a write-once tool like Adobe's Flash CS5.

Along with the app policy, the EU today also said it was ending an investigation into Apple's pan-European device repair policies following another change. The American firm had previously limited in-warranty repairs on the iPhone to the country where it had been bought, but will now let authorized repair outlets handle fixes in EU member states where Apple doesn't directly control repairs. Commission officials had been concerned the policy represented a "partitioning of the market" that artificially locked Europeans into buying phones in their own countries.

Unlocked iPhones are available in France and the UK and have been popular among non-natives. Some have been visitors buying for themselves to avoid carrier-locked models, but a thriving trade has also existed in gray market exports to countries that either don't have iPhones at all or are limited to a specific carrier.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    European B.S.!!!

    "EU ends investigation into Apple after iOS policy changes"

    Yeah, right, Apple was scared of the EC so they changed their policy. This guy is full of himself in my opinion. Wasn't the issue to force Apple to allow Flash on iDevices and that's not happening is it?

    We'll never know Apple's reason for making this teeny change but I'm betting it wasn't the EC.

  1. Radovich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    EU you are right!

    This is a good news to third-party software company like adobe and ifunia. As ifunia lists in their official website that "74% of the web can't be seen on the iPad" (that means you have to convert videos by 3rd-party video converter like ifunia and handbrake) So, EU you are right!

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think their main issue was Apple banning the use of cross compilers when writing iApps, and this has now been allowed.

  1. blidd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple was under investigation from the EU and US

    EU has been saticfied with the relaxation of the the change in the licenseagreement from Apple which allows the use of thirdparty tools as long as that tool does not give access to dowloading material to the customers phone unbenowen to the user.

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