Apple seems unwilling to participate in an upcoming hearing the Senate plans to maintain on anti-competitive app store practices. In a noticed by that’s addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the chair and main Republican on the Senate Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, state the company abruptly declined to ship a witness 16 days earlier than the scheduled begin of these hearings.
According to the letter, Apple cited “ongoing litigation” as the explanation for its choice. The company is at the moment entangled in a extremely public authorized battle with Epic Games over its . Klobuchar and Lee go on to level to the very fact Apple has discovered methods to make witnesses out there in comparable conditions in the previous. They additionally reference testimony the company supplied in the and when these two states thought of their latest app store reform payments, and an interview Tim Cook did with in which he talked about Epic and the App Store. If Apple finally ends up not collaborating in the hearing, will probably be notably notable provided that Google has agreed to adjust to the panel.
“Apple’s sudden change in course to refuse to provide a witness to testify before the Subcommittee on app store competition issues in April, when the company is clearly willing to discuss them in other public forums, is unacceptable,” the letter concludes. We’ve reached out to Apple for remark, and we’ll replace this text after we hear again from the company.