EU may force Apple to loosen iPhone app restrictions

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“EU commissioner Neelie Kroes in an interview has warned that the iPhone and other phones may be pushed open by new European interoperability rules,” Electronista reports. “Citing Apple as an example, she observed that the App Store and other closed platforms were examples of customer lock-in for proprietary technology. Kroes stopped short of proposing exact measures in a EurActiv talk but made clear Apple wouldn’t be immune to an overall push for interoperability by the European Commission, whose Digital Agenda could make licensing and publishing formats a legal requirement. ”We need to make sure that significant market players cannot just choose to deny interoperability with their product,’ she said. ‘This is particularly important in cases where standards don’t exist… This is not just about Microsoft or any big company like Apple, IBM or Intel. The main challenge is that consumers need choice when it comes to software or hardware products.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, for the love of…

Electronista reports, “Apple largely provides access to the same programming interfaces as it uses for iOS devices, but it may have to make it easier for developers to write apps without using Xcode or requiring that all apps must be approved by Apple. In the US, Apple is already believed to be under FTC investigation for banning third-party development suites. Adobe and others have complained that the iOS SDK rules make it artificially difficult to develop for platforms like Android at the same time, forcing companies to spend extra for multi-platform work and often leading many to write only for iOS hardware.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple, along with every other company on earth that so desires, has every right to protect their platforms from lowest common denominator crapware that fails to take advantage of unique OS hooks. We don’t want generic ports excreted by lazy developers on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches and neither should the EU, its dingbat commissioner, the FTC, or any other government entity.

Is Ms. Kroes going to force Microsoft (Xbox), Sony (PlayStation), and Nintendo (Wii) to somehow live under her bullshit “new European interoperability rules,” too? No? Then [redacted] and go find something meaningful blather on about, honey.


  1. Ass dumb biatch. This is the EU using regulatory methods to compensate for the lack of innovation in their Unions ass lazy companies. The US government and that dumb ass Obama need to get the lead out of their ass and defend the company that is adding more to US taxes than most others.

  2. It’s hard to fathom the utter stupidity of your average politician. Oh and MDN’s take is spot on (I’m looking at you, MR). Perhaps you should get out of the trailer park and come and live over here where we’ve had similarly ludicrous pronouncements such as all bananas sold not exceeding a certain degree of curvature.

    He’ll, I love in country where our government wasn’t even elected by a majority of the voting population. The EU has a long and infamous reputation for corruption and stupidity. What a fscking bunch of tools!


  3. I believe that regulation of companies is typically a good thing, but this is NOT regulation. It’s insane. By her logic, wouldn’t this also deal with Mac OS vs Windows? Why haven’t we heard anything from her making Microsoft be more open? If her true concern were choice, she should be happy with the current level of options available to consumers.

    Interoperability should relate to things like H264, MP3, GSM/CDMA. Not developer tools.

  4. Perhaps someone can enlighten me why there is such fear of “generic ports excreted by lazy developers”? Wouldn’t free market dynamics take care of making those unprofitable and hasten their demise? Maybe we as users need protection from having to decide ourselves.

  5. Decadent Europeans! We win their wars. We pay their bills. And still it’s not enough. Now they want to flood our iDevices with shoddy, EuroApps just because their own developers can’t cut the mustard. Dirty buggers. Well, I say the next time Europe decides to have a war, we stay home!

    “To the Devil that prompts ’em their treasonous parles!” – Robert Browning.

  6. BRILLIANT take MDN!
    I couldn’t have slammed these dolts better myself.

    Why is this EU garbage happening? –> Sheer unmitigated TechTardiness! These people are ignorant of the hardware and software business. To use a metaphor: This is the BLIND leading the SIGHTED.

    I see one huge laugh riot in our future…

  7. The EU is out of control. They’re about to pass a law that no food can be sold by quantity, only weight. Eggs, doughnuts, etc. will have to be weighed. The cost is huge but, they go blindly ahead.

  8. Apple should ignore the EU. If the bureaucrats won’t let apps be sold as is, then Apple should close access to the APP store for European customers. We can then see how those clowns in Brussels react to hundreds of thousands of frustrated customers.

    Many folks outside the EU have no idea how undemocratic an institution it is, and how many idiotic laws and edicts they promulgate. One of the most recent is an attempt to ban the sale of eggs “by the dozen”. That’s right up there with the EU’s outlawing of wooden butcher blocks, whereby they forced butchers to use plastic countertops. Of course, those morons in Brussels had no idea that plastic is a superb breeding ground for bacteria, compared to wood.

  9. Neelie Kroes is a champion campaigner for Open Source products. She was instrumental in the action against MS to unbundle IE and the fine the EU placed on MS.

    Unfortunately she is not seemingly aware that Apple users prefer the locked in proprietary format that protects against malware and virus etc etc.

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