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Apple’s control over iOS payment Apps challenged in class-action lawsuit

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  • Apple faces class-action for alleged P2P payment antitrust.
  • Consumers claim Apple stifled crypto in P2P payments.
  • Tech giant’s control over iOS payments under scrutiny.

Tech giant Apple is confronting a class-action lawsuit filed by disgruntled consumers who claim that the company has engaged in anti-competitive behavior within the iOS peer-to-peer payments market. The lawsuit alleges that Apple conspired with payment platforms like PayPal’s Venmo and Block’s Cash App to limit the incorporation of decentralized cryptocurrency technology into payment apps, resulting in higher costs for users.

Consumers who contend that the company has engaged in anti-competitive conduct within the iOS peer-to-peer payments market have filed against Apple. According to the complaint filed in a California District Court, Apple is accused of entering into anti-competitive agreements with payment platforms such as PayPal’s Venmo and Block’s Cash App. These agreements purportedly aimed to restrict the use of decentralized cryptocurrency technology in payment apps, leading to inflated prices for users.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple’s agreements with Venmo and Cash App limited competition in terms of features and pricing within the market. These agreements allegedly barred the incorporation of decentralized cryptocurrency technology into both existing and new iOS peer-to-peer payment apps. The result, according to the plaintiffs, was a lack of competitive pressure that would have led to more consumer-friendly pricing and features.

Apple’s control tactics and consumer demands in P2P lawsuit

The plaintiffs further assert that Apple utilizes “technological and contractual restraints” to maintain extensive control over every app installed and run on iPhones and iPads. These restraints reportedly include hardware-enforced exclusivity within the App Store and contractual limitations on web browser technology. 

As a result, Apple allegedly can compel new iOS peer-to-peer payment apps to exclude cryptocurrency integration as a condition for market entry. The consumers involved in the lawsuit describe themselves as individuals who have incurred excessive fees due to Apple’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the iOS peer-to-peer payment market. 

They are seeking compensation for these excessive fees and overcharging, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Apple from continuing to enter into and enforce anti-competitive agreements that restrain competitors and potential entrants in the market.

Background on Peer-to-Peer payment apps and crypto

The class-action lawsuit provides a detailed overview of the history and growth of peer-to-peer payment apps and decentralized cryptocurrencies, as well as Apple’s entry into this market. It highlights the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s previous ruling in April, which found that Apple had violated California’s competition laws by preventing apps from directing users to non-Apple-linked payment solutions.

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