|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Information Guide concerning an in-depth investigation launched by the European Commission in June 2020 on Apple's conduct in connection with Apple Pay.
The European Commission announced on 16 June 2020 the opening of a formal antitrust investigation aimed at assessing Apple's terms, conditions and other measures for integrating Apple Pay in merchant apps and websites on iPhones and iPads, Apple's limitation of access to the Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality (“tap and go”) on iPhones for payments in stores, and alleged refusals of access to Apple Pay. It applies to the conduct of Apple in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Following a preliminary investigation, the Commission showed concerns that Apple's terms, conditions, and other measures related to the integration of Apple Pay for the purchase of goods and services on merchant apps and websites on iOS/iPadOS devices may distort competition and reduce choice and innovation.
On 2 May 2022, the Commission announced it had sent a Statement of Objections to Apple as a result of this investigation. A Statement of Objections is a formal step in Commission investigations into suspected violations of EU antitrust rules.
Apple was informed of the Commission's preliminary view that it abused its dominant position in markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices. The Commission took issue with the decision by Apple to prevent mobile wallets app developers, from accessing the necessary hardware and software (‘NFC input') on its devices, to the benefit of its own solution, Apple Pay.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Competition Law | Policy|
|Keywords||Antitrust | Cartels | Dominant Position | Market Abuse
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|