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Apple faces a new lawsuit from the popular Cydia store

December 11, 2020

The creator of one of the most famous app stores in the past has filed a lawsuit against Apple for its monopoly on illegally distributing software on its iOS operating system.

The creator of the Cydia store - which was established in 2008: Apple illegally crushed all competition in favor of the App Store, which deprives consumers of the ability to choose where to get their iOS applications, and it also deprives developers of Choose the distributors they prefer.

The complaint filed in Oakland, California, is the latest case accusing Apple of exploiting market dominance at the expense of competitors, such as Cydia, which said: It is about to close and possibly bankrupt.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said in an email that it will review the lawsuit and not have a monopoly on any market. She also said: It is - for security reasons - that prevent consumers from jailbreaking their iPhones, the process that allows them to install software from external stores.

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It is noteworthy that the main competitor of iOS is the Android system from Google, which is used by most of the smartphones and tablets available in the market, from famous companies, such as: Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, and many other companies.

Cydia - also known as SaurikIT - was developed by software engineer Jay Freeman, and he is now seeking unspecified compensation. Freeman is representing law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the lawsuit, which represented Samsung against Apple in the patent lawsuit.

Apple is facing many lawsuits accusing it of monopoly, and Epic Games - the developer of the famous Fortnite game - had filed a lawsuit against Apple last August.

Epic accused Apple of illegally removing the game (Fortnite) from its app store, because Epic wanted to use its own payment system instead of allowing Apple to charge 30 percent commissions on purchases. The case could go to trial in May 2021.

And last month, Apple said it would cut commissions to 15 percent from 30 percent for developers whose app sales don't exceed $ 1 million.