Last Tuesday, Patently Apple posted a report titled "In Accordance to Europe's Digital Services Act, Apple will allow for alternative App Stores on its iDevices sometime in 2024." Even with that news, the Paris Commercial Court today couldn't resist in fining Apple 1 million euros ($1.06 million) for imposing abusive commercial clauses on French app developers for access to the company's App Store, the court ruling showed.
Today's ruling, seen by Reuters, "said there was no need to order Apple, which has a market value of about $2.1 trillion, to tweak the App Store's clauses because the European Union's incoming Digital Markets Act would require changes in any case.
While tiny in size compared to the huge profits generated by Apple, the Paris court's fine is another sign of the legal pressures Apple faces to loosen its grip over the App Store, so far the only gateway for alternative app developers to access customers.
"Through the App Store, we’ve helped French developers of all sizes share their passion and creativity with users around the world while creating a secure and trusted place for customers," the spokesman added.
The DMA came into force on Nov. 1 and there is now a six-month implementation stage before it starts to apply for the most part from May 2, 2023. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.
The European market didn't have the vision nor ability to keep the world's mobile phone leader Nokia in power and create an easy—to-use app store to lead and/or challenge the world's digital leaders Apple and Google. Instead, the EU decided to creatively hijack Apple and Google app stores. The hell with capitalism. Long-live socialism!