Apple continues to have problems in different international markets. And the thing is that, lately, the whole issue of monopolies and action policies in depending on which areas are under focus, in many places, at the same time. Now it’s time to take control of South Korea, a territory where those from Cupertino have problems. So in this post we are going to explain to you what is happening, and what can happen from now on.
It all goes back to 2021, when the country’s government authorities together with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) urged Apple to change its policy in one of its most important services, and whose content It is provided by developers. Yes, we are talking about the official App Store application store. And far from this being something “temporary”, it is more active than ever.
The news that has happened
What happened was that Apple was urged, from that country, to adopt alternative payment systems, through the applications that are sold and distributed within the App Store. Now it has become known, according to a Reuters report, which is echoed on the news website Appleinsider, that “they abuse their dominant position in the application market.”
“They are still forcing developers to adopt specific payment systems, which also causes unfair delays in the review of the application,” they explain from Appleinsider. As a measure, at the moment what is known is that the regulatory entity has urged Apple to “take action to correct this, while they are considering fining them.”
On Apple’s part, they defend themselves, and explain that their position is “disagreement with the conclusions drawn by the KCC in its report.” But it doesn’t stop there: “We believe that the changes we have implemented in the Apple Store comply with the practice of the telecommunications business,” they say.
From Appleinsider they also announce that “it is not clear” when the deadline for Apple to respond to the South Korean entity ends. And they also advance the figures that the company’s fines could reach: 15 million dollars (20 billion South Korean won).
Apple is not alone in this case
Apple is not the only big tech company that has been embroiled in trouble in South Korea. Google, its great ally-rival, is also being investigated by the same regulatory body, and precisely for the same reason.
If in the case of Apple, the payment methods refer to the App Store, in the case of the Google and Android ecosystem, it applies to the payment systems of the apps that are distributed through the Play Store.
On Google’s part, they have said that “what the KCC has said is a pre-notice.” “When the final decision is in writing and shared with us, we will carefully review the next step in action.”