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China Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Case Involving Controversial App Store Fees

Shanghai court rules in favour of Apple in a case involving app store fees. Apple did not abuse its market dominance or charge unfairly high commission fees. Apple's App Store practices have faced antitrust scrutiny globally.

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Shanghai court rules in favour of Apple in a case involving app store fees. Apple did not abuse its market dominance or charge unfairly high commission fees. Apple's App Store practices have faced antitrust scrutiny globally


The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court determined that Apple did not abuse its power and that its commission fees were not unfairly high. Jin Xin filed the complaint, alleging that Apple's 30% commission on software developers resulted in higher consumer prices. However, the court discovered no evidence to substantiate this assertion.


Apple's App Store methods have sparked complaints from app developers and increased antitrust scrutiny from regulators throughout the world. In March, the European Commission penalised Apple more than €1.8 billion for blocking music app makers from alerting iOS customers about alternative subscription offerings outside of their apps. The US Department of Justice also sued Apple over a variety of tactics, including restricting non-iOS apps and prohibiting "super apps."


The Shanghai court's decision is viewed as a victory for Apple, which has been struggling in China due to stiff competition from indigenous handset manufacturers such as Huawei Technologies. To increase sales, Apple recently provided discounts of up to 23% on iPhone 15 models purchased through online merchants in mainland China.


However, the plaintiff in the Shanghai case intends to appeal the decision to China's Supreme People's Court. They claim that Apple's activities are an abuse of market dominance and violate Chinese consumers' rights to chose and conduct fair transactions. They also argue that Apple's policies have raised operational costs for Chinese businesses and harmed the global competitiveness of China's internet sector.


Apple has yet to comment to the court's decision or its appeal preparations.

 
  • Shanghai court rules in favor of Apple in a case involving app store fees

  • Apple did not abuse its market dominance or charge unfairly high commission fees

  • Apple's App Store practices have faced antitrust scrutiny globally


Source: SCMP

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