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Apple won’t fight EU over iPad gatekeeper status, third-party App Stores coming

Despite the EU claiming that the iPad qualifies under its Digital Markets Act as a gatekeeper when it does not yet, Apple has announced that it will comply regardless.

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The EU is treating the iPad as a gatekeeper platform under its Digital Markets Act

Even the EU’s own anti-competition regulator Margrethe Vestager says that the iPad does not meet the criteria to come under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Yet the EU is enforcing its DMA rules on the iPad as if it did.

“Today, we have brought Apple’s iPadOS within the scope of the DMA obligations,” announced Vestager. “Our market investigation showed that despite not meeting the thresholds, iPadOS constitutes an important gateway on which many companies rely to reach their customers.”

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