Apple has been fined $1 million for its “abusive” business practices in the App Store, according to the Paris Commercial Court.

Apple is back in hot water again, this time with the Paris Commercial Court, which on Monday imposed a fine of just over 1 million euros ($1.06 million). The reason for this fine was simple. Apple has been accused of enabling abusive business practices on its App Store, which were seen as exploitative towards French app developers.

Apple is not required to make any changes to its App Store to facilitate French app developers

The ruling was spotted by Reuters, which also stated that Apple will not be required to make any changes to its App Store, not because it is not necessary, but that the required changes are already expected to arrive in a short period of time. This is thanks to the upcoming EU Digital Markets Act, which will require changes in any case.

An Apple spokesperson reportedly said the company would review the ruling and believes in “vibrant and competitive markets where innovation can flourish”.

“Through the App Store, we’ve helped French developers of all sizes share their passion and creativity with users around the world while creating a safe and trusted place for customers.”

In case you forgot, earlier this year the Digital Markets Act was passed by the EU Parliament, with antitrust legislation that introduced some massive changes that will eventually break Apple’s monopolistic practices in the App Store. The legislation would require the company to allow developers to use third-party payment platforms in their apps. Not only that, but the legislation would allow app sideloading in iOS and iMessage to be enabled for interoperability with other messaging platforms.

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If that wasn’t enough, the European Union has also forced companies like Apple to completely switch their products to use the USB-C interface by December 2024. With Apple owning a market capitalization of $2.1 trillion, a $1 million fine might seem small compared to the cut the tech giant takes from. Application developers. Then again, it is the combination of consistent legal pressures that will force Apple to loosen its grip on the App Store.

News source: Reuters

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