S. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the tech giant is suppressing competition.

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the tech giant of engaging in anti-competitive behavior to maintain its monopoly in the smartphone market. According to the complaint, Apple has used its app development rules, iPhone features, and hardware to stifle competition and charge higher prices, ultimately harming consumers. The lawsuit, joined by 15 states and the District of Columbia, alleges that Apple violated federal antitrust laws by implementing restrictive guidelines and agreements that hindered innovation and limited user options. These actions include blocking the expansion of “super apps,” disrupting messaging capabilities between Apple and non-Apple devices, and monopolizing tap-to-pay functions on iPhones. The government also highlighted the frustration of users who experience discrepancies when sending messages between Apple and non-Apple products, citing this as an example of Apple degrading the user experience to keep them within their ecosystem.  

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