Apple may be facing an antitrust probe over its new policy of requiring software developers who create applications for its devices to use only Apple's programming tools.
According to The New York Post, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are negotiating which of the agencies will begin an antitrust inquiry. The investigation will focus on whether the policy kills competition by making programmers choose between developing apps that can run only on Apple devices or come up with apps that are platform neutral.
The article explains why critics have a problem with the policy, which took effect last month:
In forcing computer programmers to choose developing an Apple-exclusive app over one that can be used on Apple and rival devices simultaneously, critics say Apple is hampering competition since the expense involved in creating an app will lead developers with limited budgets to focus on one format, not two.