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Apple not dominant in any market, plenty of rivals, senior executive says

Tue 30th June, 2020 2:13pm
By Foo Yun Chee
    BRUSSELS, June 30 (Reuters) - IPhone maker Apple  AAPL.O ,
the target of EU antitrust investigations into key segments of
its business, on Tuesday rejected accusations of market
dominance, saying it competes with Google  GOOGL.O , Samsung
 005930.KS  and other rivals.  
    Earlier this month, the European Commission opened
investigations into Apple's App Store and mobile payment system
Apple Pay, concerned about its role as a gatekeeper to its
lucrative platform.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2DT2E2
    "We compete with a wide variety of companies, Google,
Samsung, Huawei  HWT.UL , Vivo, LG  066570.KS , Lenovo  0992.HK 
and many more," Daniel Matray, head of Apple's App Store and
Apple Media Services, told a Forum Europe online event.
    "In fact, Apple does not have a dominant position in any
market, and we face strong competition in every category, in
tablets, wearables, desktop and notebook computers, maps, music,
payments, messaging, and more," he said.
    Matray defended Apple's App Store, saying the same rules
apply to all developers, large and small, with 85% of apps not
required to pay a 30% fee to the company which is only valid for
those which use its in-app payment service.
    The EU is investigating whether this requirement and rules
preventing developers from informing users of cheaper products
elsewhere are anti-competitive. 
    It is also probing Apple's terms and conditions on how its
mobile payment service Apple Pay should be used in merchants'
apps and websites, and also the company's refusal to allow
rivals access to the payment system.
    The EU investigations were prompted by a complaint by
Swedish music streaming service Spotify  SPOT.N  and an e-book
rival.
    Matray said the App Store has boosted competition, rather
than harmed rivals.
    "In the nearly 12 years since the App Store debuted, the
best measure of its success is the dynamism it has unleashed and
the state of the app economy today," he said. 

 (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
 ((foo.yunchee@thomsonreuters.com; +32 2 287 6844; Reuters
Messaging: foo.yunchee.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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