EU Drops Apple Antitrust Inquiry

Lora Bentley

Last month as the man in charge of iPhone hardware was leaving Apple in the wake of "Antennagate," the Cupertino, Calif.-based company also learned that the European Union was jumping into the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation into Apple's iPhone developer agreement. This week, the EU announced that it was closing its antitrust inquiry.


According to The Wall Street Journal, European regulators are satisfied that the changes Apple made to the developer agreement are adequate to dispel antitrust concerns. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said:

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.

Under the new agreement, the only restriction for third-party development tools is that they must not "download code or use undocumented or private APIs," according to IGM.


The Wall Street Journal says the commission was particularly concerned that Apple restricted warranty repair services to the country in which the device was purchased, but in addition to the more relaxed developer requirements, the company has agreed to implement cross-European warranty repair.

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