Apple draws antitrust suspicions

Apple Corp. logoFederal antitrust enforcers are considering a probe into Apple Inc. after changes in the company’s licensing agreement with iPhone application developers that forbids the use of software tools other than Apple’s to build programs or the transmission of analytical data to third parties like advertisers.  It’s yet to be decided if the inquiry would be conducted by the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, says there was a time when the DoJ might have gone easier on Apple than the FTC.

“During the Bush years, Apple would surely have preferred that DoJ get the case.  I question whether that is still true.”

Contact Michael Salinger, 617-353-4408, salinger@bu.edu

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