Trying Apple is forcing its arch rival, Samsung, to hand over private documents about the Korean company’s application store, as it defends itself from allegations that it is abusing monopoly.
The iPhone manufacturer has asked Samsung to relinquish the information as part of a legal battle against allegations that Apple is harming developers and consumers by preventing competitors from accessing its app store.
The issue of Apple’s control of the App Store became a focus after video game developer Fortnite filed a lawsuit against Apple over the alleged monopoly damage, and Tim Cook, the CEO, defended the company in Washington.
However, Apple has been defending itself against similar allegations in US courts for more than a decade.
And a group of iPhone owners claimed that the 30 percent fee that Apple charges developers for in-app purchases has pushed up prices.
While a separate group of developers claim these fees make app makers worse off.
Either way, they claim Apple is able to collect the fee by unfairly blocking competitors via its app store.
To challenge the allegations, Apple sought to obtain documents from Samsung dating back 14 years explaining how the Korean company runs its app store, which can be used to download and purchase apps on Android phones.
Apple says: Android phones have many application stores, including the Samsung Store, yet Samsung takes 30 percent of app purchases, which means that the fees cannot be the result of an unattended monopoly.
In a legal dossier, the company’s lawyers say: Apple intends to challenge the plaintiff’s central theory of competitive damage that Apple’s commission is artificially high because developers must sell through its app store.
Apple has officially requested that the US subsidiary of Samsung hand over the papers, including high-level internal documents on competition between mobile platforms, as well as aggregate data on installation rate, usage, revenue and performance in the Galaxy Store.
The case against Apple, made up of complaints dating back to 2007, is being tried in US federal court after iPhone users last year got the green light to sue Apple.