Apple Responds to Being Sued by U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of having an illegal monopoly in the smartphone market with the iPhone and the device’s ecosystem, as reported by several news outlets.

In a statement shared with MacRumors, Apple said the lawsuit is “wrong on the facts and the law,” and vowed to “vigorously defend” against it:At Apple, we innovate every day to make technology people love—designing products that work seamlessly together, protect people’s privacy and security, and create a magical experience for our users. This lawsuit threatens who we are and the principles that set Apple products apart in fiercely competitive markets. If successful, it would hinder our ability to create the kind of technology people expect from Apple—where hardware, software, and services intersect. It would also set a dangerous precedent, empowering government to take a heavy hand in designing people’s technology. We believe this lawsuit is wrong on the facts and the law, and we will vigorously defend against it.The Verge‘s Lauren Feiner detailed the Justice Department’s allegations against Apple:- Disrupting “super apps” that encompass many different programs and could degrade “iOS stickiness” and make it easier for iPhone users to switch to competing devices

– Blocking cloud-streaming apps for things like video games that would lower the need for superior hardware

– Suppressing the quality of messaging between the iPhone platform and competing mobile platforms like Android

– Limiting the functionality of third-party smartwatches with its iPhones and making it harder for Apple Watch users to switch from the iPhone due to compatibility issues

– Blocking third-party developers from creating competing digital wallets with tap-to-pay functionality for the iPhoneMore details to follow…

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