Supreme Court rules iPhone users can move forward with lawsuit against App Store


(WTNH) — In 2011, a group of four iPhone users filed a lawsuit stating that Apple violated anti-trust laws by requiring users to download their apps solely through the Apple App Store without an option to purchase their apps from any other outlet.

Android device users have the ability to add mobile applications to their devices through multiple sources. The group of users alleged that app download prices would be lower if there was availability to sell through more than one avenue.

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Apple charges independent app developers a membership fee of $99.00 and also collects a 30% commission on each app sale, which, in turn, is reflected in the price to the customer.

The case was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2018 and on Monday, May 13th in a 5-4 ruling, decided that users are able to move forward with an antitrust lawsuit against Apple.

A decision on whether Apple has violated any laws has not yet been determined. Any changes to the current commission price, iPhone app pricing or availability of a secondary market has not been discussed at this time.

Read the full ruling here.

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