Apple was 'Surprised' by Senators Letter regarding a Hearing on App Store Issues and will send their Chief Compliance Officer to Washington
On Friday Patently Apple posted a report about Senators Amy Klobuchar (Dem) and Mike Lee (Rep) writing a letter to Apple's CEO urging the company to attend a subcommittee hearing on competition issues related to mobile app stores. The report further stated that the subcommittee should have understood the situation that Apple was in at present and try to work with them on a timeline after a verdict is rendered in the Epic Games v. Apple trial.
On Sunday, Apple responded to the leading members of the subcommittee in a letter obtained by CNBC and first reported by Bloomberg, agreeing to send Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer to testify on April 21. Timothy Powderly, senior director of government affairs for the Americas, wrote that Apple was "surprised" by the letter from Klobuchar and Lee, saying it had previously expressed a willingness to participate but "simply sought alternative dates in light of upcoming matters that have been scheduled for some time and that touch on similar issues." This is exactly what we stated in our report on Friday.
Apple has agreed to send a top executive to testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust after leading senators pressed the company to make one available to discuss competition concerns about its app store.
Powderly told the senators Apple understands their interest in holding the hearing in April and would make Andeer available. Andeer has previously testified before House members and in state legislatures over similar issues. Powderly emphasized the app store’s role in helping developers of all sizes to make apps that serve the customer experience.
Lastly, Powderly wrote that "Customers benefit from our commitment to quality, security, and privacy, and we look forward to the opportunity to share our story." For more on this, read the full CNBC report.