Switzerland: COMCO agrees with Apple about a TWINT-friendly solution

Switzerland: COMCO agrees with Apple about a TWINT-friendly solution

  The automatic launch of Apple Pay at POS (point of sale) terminals can interfere with payments made by the TWINT application. Following the intervention of the COMCO Secretariat, Apple is committed to offering a pro-competitive technical solution. Apple offered with Apple Pay a mobile payment solution for its devices, in particular the iPhone and […]

US: Apple demanded $1 billion for chance to win iPhone

US: Apple demanded $1 billion for chance to win iPhone

  Qualcomm sought to become the sole supplier of modem chips for Apple’s iPhone to recoup a US$1 billion “incentive payment” that Apple insisted on, not to block rivals from the market, Qualcomm’s CEO testified on January 11. According to Reuters, in 2011 Apple and Qualcomm struck the deal which was meant to ease the […]

US: Qualcomm calls Apple CEO’s comments “misleading”

US: Qualcomm calls Apple CEO’s comments “misleading”

According to a report by Reuters, Qualcomm responded to comments Apple’s Tim Cook made in an interview, in which he said there had been no recent settlement talks between the iPhone maker and chip supplier in their global legal battle, calling Cook’s remarks “misleading.” In a television interview on CNBC earlier on Tuesday, January 8, […]

Germany: Certain iPhone sales banned

Germany: Certain iPhone sales banned

  The ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm continued on Thursday, January 3, with the latter striking a decisive blow over the copyright infringement suit it brought against the American tech giant. Qualcomm stated it posted security bonds amounting to US$1.52 billion to start the enforcement of a court order from a German court. The […]

Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

The Fair Trade Commission has decided to launch a massive survey in January into the business practices of internet technology giants, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday. The planned survey is designed to learn how four large firms that provide online search and shopping services, Google, Apple, Facebook  and Amazon.com, conduct business and how best to […]

Egypt: Apple accused of violating antitrust laws

Egypt: Apple accused of violating antitrust laws

According to a report by Bloomberg, Egypt, where an iPhone can cost 50% more than elsewhere in the Middle East, has given Apple two months to end what it claims are unfair restrictions on local distributors. The country’s competition authority stated that while companies had a right to specify sales areas, local retailers were barred […]

US: Court date set for Qualcomm and Apple

US: Court date set for Qualcomm and Apple

Apple and Qualcomm have reached an impasse in the dispute regarding iPhone patent royalties, so a court date has been set by a federal judge in San Diego, for April 5, 2019. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that both sides have been unable to reach a settlement in the latest case between the tech companies. […]

Japan: Panel interviews Apple, Google execs on info privacy

Japan: Panel interviews Apple, Google execs on info privacy

A government panel interviewed representatives from internet platform giants Google and Apple on their business practices, how they handle users’ information, and other issues at a hearing on November 28. The company representatives explained to the committee that they had systems in place to guarantee transparent and fair personal information use, and that any new […]

US: Justices skeptical of Apple in case about iPhone apps’ sales

US: Justices skeptical of Apple in case about iPhone apps’ sales

The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday, November 26, to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps, reported Bloomberg Law. The court heard arguments in Apple’s effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit. Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices […]