Apple May Face Anti-Trust Probe…. Oh No Fanbois!

It looks like God Steve Jobs rant about Flash might have caught the attention of some government types for all the wrong reasons. Assuming that this report in the New York Post is true, the iLawyers may be looking a lot more work to do:

According to a person familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into Apple’s new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple’s programming tools.

I think it’s a safe bet that God Steve Jobs can’t be happy about this. But there are a few things for Apple’s rabid base of fanbois to keep in mind here:

  1. An inquiry doesn’t mean that anything will actually be done.
  2. It may be months or years before anything actually happens if the inquiry actually produces a decision to actually do something.

So assuming that this is true (this is after all the New York Post that posted this), the best strategy may be to sit and wait to see what happens next. I can’t see any anti-trust action being anything like Microsoft in the 1990’s. But who knows? Apple are a pretty powerful player in the mobile phone market so I suppose that the government could always argue that they’re too powerful.

Stay tuned.

One Response to “Apple May Face Anti-Trust Probe…. Oh No Fanbois!”

  1. Reuters has picked up the story as well now, this may have legs!

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