The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Judge loosens Apple’s grip on app store


A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle a lucrative part of the competitiv­e barricade guarding its closely run app store, but rejected allegation­s that the company has been running an illegal monopoly that throttles competitio­n and innovation. The ruling issued Friday continues to chip away at the so-called “walled garden” that Apple has built around its crown jewel, the iPhone, and its app store, without toppling it completely. But the 185-page decision also provided Apple with some vindicatio­n in its legal battle with Epic Games, in that the judge didn’t brand it a monopolist or require it to allow competing stores to offer iPhone apps.

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