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More Trouble For Apple In Europe As France Issues Fine For Abusive Commercial Clauses Against Developers

It looks like Apple’s legal troubles in Europe continue to linger on as the iPhone maker recently received a new fine from France worth a little more than one million dollars.

The French Commercial Court has gone on to allege how the tech giant has put ahead some commercial clauses against developers that are abusive in nature.

As recently confirmed by Reuters, this particular ruling means the company needs to pay out the designated amount which is close to $1 million because of the decisions it's taking while managing its App Store.

Thankfully, the firm isn’t being asked to do anything major like make amendments to its App Store. In the recent past, we saw how the EU Digital Markets Acts forced Apple to alter its guidelines in this regard.

Speaking to the media outlet recently, Apple highlighted how it would be appealing such a decision made by French officials. It similarly delineated how the company really assisted so many developers hailing from France to come ahead and share a passion and some creativity with users from all over the globe. The firm similarly outlined how its App Store is not only secure but very trusted in terms of its clients.

While the fine might appear to be irrelevant at first, it’s definitely increasing the pressure against the firm to further force it to open up a new iOS-based ecosystem that comes under scrutiny from all over the globe.

Apple’s woes in France don’t end there. We saw the company getting fined for the fifth time in a country like the Netherlands for not obeying local laws in the nation which force the company to enable a few apps across the App Store to put forward different methods for payments. And here, the value of the fines imposed is greater than $5 million.

At the start of 2022, the DMA that came ahead from the EU signaled more trouble for Apple. It has forced the iPhone maker to enable apps on the App Store to use payment methods belonging to various third parties. This paves the way for app sideloading on both iOS and iMessage functionality through various messaging platforms.
A document has finally come into the limelight linked to the agreement reached regarding antitrust laws in the European continent. At first, it was not exactly clear if the tech giant was going to be included in this but now it’s confirmed how Apple would similarly be held responsible, alongside other firms.

As it is, the company is secretly working to enable different app stores to function across iOS devices. Similarly, it has allowed for the opening of private APIs for developers arising from third parties. In the same way, the report spoke about Apple having zero plans to turn its iMessage feature into a more compatible service with different platforms out there or simply adopt a standard linked to RCS. Such changes may be expected during the early part of 2023 alongside the launch of iOS 17.


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