European Union says Apple’s App Store violates digital rules | Laptop News

Apple has stated that it will postpone implementing newly announced AI capabilities in Europe.

The European Union (EU) found on Monday that Apple’s App Store was in violation of the bloc’s historic regulations governing digital competition.

Apple was notified by the European Commission in a ‘preliminary view’ that the “App Store rules prevent app developers from freely steering consumers to alternative channels for offers and content”.

It forms a new front in the growing tension between Brussels and the US internet giant on the European Union’s recently passed Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Due to “regulatory uncertainties” related to the DMA, Apple stated on Friday that it will postpone implementing newly announced AI capabilities in Europe. By requiring businesses to become more competitive throughout the EU’s 27 member states, the expansive rule aims to restrain the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple.

However, Apple views the new regulations as a serious threat to its walled garden and has publicly accused the DMA of putting customers’ privacy and security at greater risk. Under the new regulations, the commission has officially accused a tech company for the first time since it opened the first DMA investigations against Apple, Google, and Meta in March.

Following months of feedback from developers and the European Union regulator, Apple announced on Monday that it has made “a number of changes” to comply with the requirements and that it will “continue to listen and engage with the European Commission”.

Apple is now able to access the file comprising the commission’s inquiry and respond to its conclusions. By late March 2025, if the commission’s opinion is validated, a “non-compliance decision” will be adopted,…

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