Cydia is authorized by the American justice to continue its lawsuit against Apple. In 2020, the platform for jailbroken iPhones and iPads attacked the Cupertino giant for unfair practices. A legal action which will therefore be able to follow its course no offense to Apple’s lawyers.
The American justice considers that the lawsuit brought against Apple by Cydia can legitimately follow its course. Two years ago, the platform, often compared to an App Store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads (i.e. unlocked to allow installation of software from third-party sources), sued Apple for unfair practices. Cydia lawyers believe in particular that between 2018 and 2021, Apple deployed software tools intended to penalize applications distributed outside the official App Store. A proven and unfair practice according to them.
For their part, Apple’s lawyers asked the American courts to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the arguments of Jay Freeman, the developer behind Cydia, were ” prescribed” and “expiredaccording to the comments relayed by9to5Mac. This attempt did not bear fruit. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Thursday dismissed Apple’s appeal to have Cydia’s lawsuit dismissed.
A lawsuit that could force Apple to open iOS…
This antitrust lawsuit could seriously hamper Apple if it were to lead to a conviction. Cydia’s objective is indeed radical: to force Apple to open iOS to allow third-party developers to distribute their applications outside the App Store, but also to authorize them to use alternative payment methods to Apple’s solutions. Claims similar to those of Epic Games, also engaged in a legal battle against Apple.
As 9to5Mac recalls, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has already ruled against Apple on at least one of the two main claims of Cydia and Epic Games. The magistrate notably ruled last year, via a permanent injunction, that in the future Apple could no longer prevent developers from redirecting their users to third-party payment systems.
Anyway, Apple has until mid-June to respond to Cydia’s accusations. Until now, the firm had mainly defended the closed aspect of its ecosystem by ensuring that it was a means of protecting iOS users from possible malware. An argument that may have had its day in the eyes of American justice.
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