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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken its fight against Apple to European Union antitrust regulators, escalating its dispute with the iPhone maker over its App Store payment system and control over app downloads.
Apple Inc said consumers spent US$1.8bil (RM7.21bil) on the App Store during the last week of 2020, an increase from US$1.42bil (RM5.69bil) in the same period a year earlier with people relying on digital services more than ever to stay connected to work, school and family.
Apple Inc phones face scrutiny from Dutch antitrust regulators who are probing whether users get a free choice of financial apps with contactless payments.
Americans find themselves more willing to try contactless payments with their phone or “tap-to-pay” credit and debit cards during the pandemic.
The European Union is weighing legislation that could force Apple Inc to open iPhone payment technology to competitors.
US app maker Blix on Sept 21 took its fight against Apple to Europe as it laid out its grievances against the iPhone maker to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, saying that Apple is not playing fair.
The European Union is considering new rules that would likely require Apple Inc to give competitors access to payments technology inside its iPhones.
Sweden’s global number one music streamer Spotify is urging EU competition authorities to probe Apple’s One bundled subscription services as it steps up its antitrust criticisms of the US tech titan.
Sweden may be about to take its world-beating cashlessness to the next level, as the pandemic threatens to push its notes and coins close to extinction.