The story goes back a long way, and it is not the only recorded case where a company and its own product are accused of antitrust. Cydia has sued Apple for antitrust with the App Store.
Let’s put ourselves in the situation, when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone back in 2007, it did not have any kind of support to prepare it to run third-party applications. Jobs encouraged the developers of his staff to create web applications for the iPhone that run from the browser, that is, from Safari.
IPhone users with extensive computer and programming skills began creating applications. Later, Jay Freeman, a very talented developer created Cydia. This program could host, download and install native applications on the iPhone without the help of Apple. Let’s say that Cydia was the prelude to what we know today as the App Store .
After months, Apple introduced the App Store and it became the official iPhone application store. For 13 years, the Cupertino company has fought to keep Cydia out, and today a lawsuit has reached it claiming that the App Store is an illegal monopoly.
13 years ago the world of mobile technology was very different from what it is today, but it is unknown why Apple did not buy Cydia or invite Freeman to work together.
Part of the lawsuit that Cydia has filed in California this Thursday could be based on the contractual obstacles that Apple imposes on developers to prevent them from offering their software to Cydia and others.
The antitrust suit reflects several situations that have also led Apple to step on court a few months ago. We refer to the case of Apple and Epic against the 30% commission on in-app purchases .
At the crossroads of lawsuits between Apple and Epic Games, the Cupertino company also commented that iPhone and App Store are two parts of the same product and commented that there was no iOS application distribution market.
Cydia refers to Apple’s abuse of power and how that has affected the market and competition . The demand is complemented with information regarding waiting times for application approvals and how communication between developer and user is limited.
The plaintiff claims that if there were more and better competition, Apple would be forced to change its strategies. There are no statements from Apple, but it has been several weeks, if not months, where antitrust lawsuits are flying above our heads.