Cydia, the first 'App Store' that preceded Apple's, sues the tech giant for monopolistic practices

Few remember it anymore, but even before Apple created the App Store, iPhone users already had an app store for your device: Cydia, very popular after its release in 2007.

In fact, reached 4.5 million weekly users: its creator, Jay Freeman, has claimed to be sure that half of the first batch of iPhone users came to jailbreak it in order to install Cydia.

As we all know, the multiple obstacles that Apple has put to the (legal) practice of 'jailbreak' ended up preventing its users from resorting to any app store other than the official one...

... a decision that now Cydia developers have taken to court, accusing Apple of monopolistic practices; a demand that joins many others that in recent times seek to limit the power of Apple (and other technology giants).

"Morally speaking, it's your phone and you should be able to decide what apps you install on it, and where you get them from," says the creator of the now-defunct app store.

The importance of demand

According to the lawsuit, filed in a US federal court in northern California,

"If it weren't for maintaining an illegal monopoly on the distribution of iOS applications, today's users would be able to choose how and where to locate and obtain iOS applications, and developers could use the app distributor of their choice."

Cydia's lead attorney, Stephen Swedlow, states that "the legal climate for this claim has changed"and that your client is" the perfect plaintiff "in an antitrust case against Apple.

The novelty that this demand represents compared to some of the previous ones, like the one brought by Epic a few months ago, is that these come from developers unhappy with the management of the App Store, not by a rival of the App Store itself.

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Let's remember that Today, the App Store generates Apple 15,000 million a year in revenue thanks to the fact that the company obtains 30% of the sales of each app.

Apple's official position, as reflected in the Washington Post, is that the company must strictly control the routes used to install software on the iPhone to protect your customers from inadvertent malware downloads (a criterion that you do not follow on macOS computers, however).

That, and that its management of iOS cannot be monopolistic, they say, given the circumstance that it has Android competition.

Via | Washington Post