The management of the secure email service ProtonMail has sharply criticized Apple, claiming that the company is abusing its market position by using the App Store to control users and fight competitors.
In the blog of the company CEO ProtonMail Andy Yen writesthat Apple has long been a monopoly that fights competitors with completely inhuman commissions, and also censors dictatorial regimes. “We know this because we have dutifully endured this exploitation for years,” says Ian.
Ian writes that with the 30% commission that Apple receives on any App Store sales, the company is "holding us all hostage" by abusing its power:
“Apple is trying to justify these fees by arguing that the App Store is no different from a mall, where companies looking to sell their products must pay rent to the mall owner (in this case, Apple). This argument gracefully ignores the fact that there is only one mall when it comes to iOS, and it is not possible to rent space from a rival mall. There is nothing illegal about Apple owning a mall and leasing space, and Apple has every right to own a single mall. However, it is illegal to own a single mall that charges excessively high prices to hurt competitors. "
The ProtonMail chief compares Apple's actions to a reckoning, and says Apple makes developers pay to just stay in business.
“This fee ultimately hurts consumers because these fees are indirectly borne by users, either through higher prices or through fewer competing products on the market,” explains Yen.
It should be noted that Andy Yen's message is in many ways similar to the recent criticism of Apple, published by Pavel Durov. He also called Apple a monopolist who abuses his power, and also noted that the 30% commission harms users and simply destroys many startups.
Spotify executives are also unhappy with Apple's actions: last year, the company filed Apple complaintby contacting European antitrust regulators. Spotify claims Apple deliberately restricts App Store choices and suppresses innovation. The Kobo service joined this complaint this summer. In addition, after harsh criticism of Pavel Durov, Telegram representatives also filed an anti-monopoly report with the European Commission. complaint due to non-competitive operating conditions in the App Store.
It should be noted that concerns about Apple's course of action this summer expressed and the representatives of the European Commission themselves, who are currently engaged in a detailed investigation of the App Store and the Apple Pay payment system.