Apple is accused of having an App Store monopoly, and today the U.S. Supreme Court will oversee the antitrust case (via Reuters).
App Store Monopoly
Would consumers even be able to sue Apple in a case like this? Although Apple has tight control over its hardware and software, so far it has been able to escape accusations of monopoly because of low market share.
The iPhone users accused Apple of violating federal antitrust law by monopolizing the sale of paid apps, leading to inflated prices compared to if apps were available from other sources.
Though developers set the prices of their apps, Apple collects the payments from iPhone users, keeping a 30 percent commission on each purchase. One area of dispute in the case is whether app developers recoup the cost of that commission by passing it on to consumers.
Apple claims it only acts as the agent for app developers who sell apps through the App Store.