NYT Editorial Board: Regulators should take a close look at Apple’s App Store

“Of the 17 most popular screen-time and parental-control apps in the App Store, 11 have been removed or restricted by Apple. The app makers believe they are being punished for competing with Apple’s own screen-time control tools, or worse, for weaning people off Apple devices,” The New York Times’ Editorial Board writes. ” Apple says that the applications — specifically, the parental-control apps — were removed because of their use of Mobile Device Management, a technology that gave third parties access to information such as ‘user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history.’ In other words, Apple says it removed the apps to protect the privacy of the children and parents who installed them.”

The NYT’s Editorial Board writes, “The actions by Apple highlight the inherent tension in the company’s fierce control over its mobile operating system: On the one hand, the closed environment is a boon to consumer privacy because the company has the leverage to insist upon it; on the other hand, that environment fosters a kind of monopoly.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, “a kind of monopoly.” Pfft.

“Even if we take Apple at its word that it was only protecting the privacy and security of its users by removing screen-time and parental-control apps, the state of the app marketplace is troubling,” The NYT’s Editorial Board writes. “Why is a company — with no mechanism for democratic oversight — the primary and most zealous guardian of user privacy and security?”

MacDailyNews Take: Because the company can do it correctly. Certainly Apple can do it far better than a bunch of politicians led around by the nose by corporate lobbyists (“democratic oversight”) could ever dream.

“It’s time for American regulators to take a good hard look at app stores and mobile operating systems,” The NYT’s Editorial Board writes. “It might be time for another United States v. Microsoft.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, for the love of Steve!

Okay, who dropped The New York Times‘ Editorial Board on their collective head?

There is no monopoly here – or even “a kind of monopoly.”

Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide, April 2019
• Android: 74.85%
• iOS: 22.94%

Source: StatCounter

If customers don’t like Apple’s App Store, they are not forced to continue shopping there, they can choose another smartphone brand where they can wallow in the type of privacy-trampling, personal data-tracking insecurity that the obtuse The New York Times‘ Editorial Board demands regulators force upon everyone via their beloved “democratic oversight” (Google lobbyists telling weaselly politicians what to do; i.e. “Break Apple’s App Store so it sucks as much as ours – in the name of ‘fair competition’”). There are more than enough poorly- or non-curated app stores run by ad companies masquerading as search engines and social networks. We don’t need Apple’s App Store to be turned into a cesspool, too.

Put your helmets back on and strap on your drool cups, NYT Editorial Board, and go scribble about something you actually understand; crayons or cookies or nap time or something.

Apple’s growing antitrust problem – April 12, 2019
Apple says treats all app developers equally as Dutch open probe – April 11, 2019
EU regulators say Dutch Apple probe complements their own investigation – April 11, 2019
Dutch antitrust regulator investigating charges of abuse by Apple in its App Store – April 11, 2019
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s simple solutions, like breaking up Apple, won’t work – March 13, 2019
Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Apple, too – March 11, 2019
Trump administration backs Apple in U.S. Supreme Court over App Store antitrust suit – November 26, 2018
Apple defends App Store fees in U.S. Supreme Court – November 26, 2018
Apple defends App Store fees as U.S. Supreme Court weighs consumer suit – November 23, 2018
Apple wants U.S. Supreme Court to undo previous decision regarding an antitrust suit – October 31, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court will decide if Apple’s App Store is an anti-competitive monopoly – June 19, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court to consider Apple appeal in antitrust suit over App Store prices – June 18, 2018
US DOJ sides with Apple over App Store antitrust allegations in Supreme Court brief – May 10, 2018
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple – January 13, 2017
Apple App Store antitrust complaint dismissed on procedural grounds by U.S. judge – August 16, 2013