Apple is being investigated in UK over monopoly charge

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The US high-tech giant Apple became the centre of yet another investigation linked to potential abuse of monopoly position, Reuters reported. The probe comes after a series of several complaints from software developers. They claimed Apple used its position to force them to distribute apps to iPhones and iPads via the App Store at very high commission rates.

Apple said its terms were "fair and equal". "Millions of us use apps every day to check the weather, play a game or order a takeaway. So complaints that Apple is using its market position to set terms which are unfair or may restrict competition and choice - potentially causing customers to lose out when buying and using apps - warrant careful scrutiny," Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) told BBC.

In response, Apple said: "We believe in thriving and competitive markets where any great idea can flourish. The App Store has been an engine of success for app developers, in part because of the rigorous standards we have in place - applied fairly and equally to all developers - to protect customers from malware and to prevent rampant data collection without their consent.”

Payment policies related to Apple’s App Store have for long drawn complaints from app developers. It charges a commission of up to 30% from developers on the value of transactions or any time a consumer buys their app.

The company is also being investigated on similar grounds by the Dutch competition authorities, who are nearing a draft decision, Reuters reported last month. Last year, the European Commission too had opened a probe into the iPhone maker over App Store commission fee.

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