‘Malicious compliance’: Apple accused of weaponizing its App Store to keep control over tech

Jan 29, 2024 | Political News

At this point, Apple just might have gotten “too big to comply.” In this case, with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation, concerns the tech giant’s extremely lucrative App Store and its golden geese – those who publish there.

At least that’s what some of the staunchest critics from the industry itself, like Epic Games (whose opposition to Apple’s policies extended into an “epic” legal battle) – are saying now that Apple is seemingly starting to comply. And they are joined by other developers and non-profits from this space.

The disagreements between various regulators and Apple, but also Google, and the controversial, restrictive to the point of monopoly (or duopoly, if you like) way they run online stores for their operating systems has been going on for a long time.

Concerning Apple, the main difference is the refusal to let even a cent go “sideways” – i.e., to allow third-party stores, and “sideloading” of apps.