Apple sued for illegal monetization

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Apple sued for illegal monetization

The Apple Pay lawsuit could spell trouble for Apple. Apple is allegedly making illegal profits by leaving Pay unrivaled in contactless payment.

Apple is accused of monopolizing its payment service Apple Pay. The new Apple Pay lawsuit, filed by multiple payment services in the US, alleges that the tech giant illegally profited from Apple Pay and broke antitrust laws.

Apple Pay sued over contactless payments

The investigation, launched by Affinity Credit Union, found that Apple has been unfair with contactless payments on iPhone, iPad and Watch. It stated that Apple Pay was set as the primary option for contactless payments and other services were restricted.

The plaintiff organization claimed that they paid Apple to serve as a mobile wallet on iOS and were still blocked. Stating that Apple has a monopoly on its own payment system, Affinity Credit Union claimed that Apple has blocked the use of competing mobile wallets.

The organization also said that Android users can choose services other than Google Pay for contactless payments. But operations on iOS are not as they should be. So, allegedly, an iPhone owner can download Google Pay, but cannot use it to make contactless payments.

It’s also worth noting that Apple takes a commission on payments from external companies. Affinity Credit Union said that card issuers pay up to 0.15 percent in fees on credit transactions. This figure allows Apple to earn more than 1 billion dollars in profit every year.

Let us remind you that Apple has not yet made a statement about Apple Pay. In previous antitrust lawsuits, the company has denied allegations that it restricted Apple Pay and other payment services.

What do you think about the Apple Pay case? You can share your opinions in the comments section.


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