If the European Union has the Apple in its sights, it is also because of the complaints filed in number by the company PayPal.
This week, the European Union decided to retort (again) Apple for its anti-competitive practices. This time, Brussels criticizes the Apple for blocking NFC on its iPhones, in particular regarding payments via smartphone. According to Bloomberg, the old continent would not be the only one to want to regulate the hegemony of the company. Since 2019, the complaints filed by PayPal have indeed greatly contributed to the opening of the ongoing proceedings.
PayPal wants to buy the iPhone
PayPal’s arguments are actually not very original. Apple’s competitor believes that Cupertino is curbing competition in the mobile payments market, in particular by preventing third-party developers from using solutions other than Apple Pay. On Android, PayPal provides tap-to-pay solutions, and hopes to do the same for iPhones in the future. A project that seems less and less fanciful: despite its reluctance to open up to the world, the Apple is regularly forced to make concessions. In Japan and the Netherlands, the company has already had to relax certain points of its general conditions of use.
For its part, Apple persists and signs, affirming that this restriction ensures the security of Apple Pay compared to other third-party payment apps on Android. A ready-made excuse for the company, which thus justifies the blocking of the NFC chip to other services such as Google Pay, Lydia, traditional banking services, and therefore PayPal.
Apple under EU control
New European legislation could, however, change the situation, and force Apple to open up its iPhones to third-party payments. Whether it’s NFC or sideloading via competing application stores, Apple will have to open its iPhones under penalty of heavy penalties. Apple’s messaging platform could also soon be forced to offer cross-platform compatibility, as the giant Google has long dreamed of.
Remember that this is not the first time that the firm has found itself in the crosshairs of justice for anti-competitive practices. For several years now, Apple has been clashing with international regulators over its lack of openness to third-party services.