By the creator of a reputable hardware store that accused an iPhone developer of violating software sharing on its own device, Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit on Thursday.
Cydia, created in 2008, says Apple has “legalized all competition” for its App Store, giving customers the ability to choose where to download iOS apps and developers to choose from such distributors to use.
The lawsuit filed by Oakland, California Federal Court is the latest in a series of lawsuits accusing Apple of misusing market power at the expense of rivals such as Cydia, which it says is on the verge of closure and possible bankruptcy.
Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said in an email that it would review the case and not monopolize any products.
He also said that for security reasons it discourages customers from trying to unlock their iPhones, in a process called “jailbreaking,” to install unauthorized software.
The main rival to iOS is Google’s Android device, which is used in smartphones from such rivals as Samsung Electronics Co.
Cydia, also known as SaurikIT, was created by software engineer Jay Freeman, and is looking for unspecified damage.
It is represented by law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which represented Samsung against Apple in a patent lawsuit.
Apple has a market value of over $ 2 trillion.
Other antitrust challenges he faced include a lawsuit filed in August by Epic Games, which led to the Fortnite video game.
Epic accuses Apple of removing Fortnite illegally from its App Store because Epic prefers to use its own payment system rather than Apple receiving 30% rebates on purchases. That case could go to trial in May 2021.
Last month, Apple said it would reduce commissions to 15% from 30% for startups generating $ 1 million or less profits from store-bought sales.
The case is SaurikIT LLC v Apple, US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-08733.