Antitrust push against Apple is not a bad thing… mostly

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a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: European antitrust officials said Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland fall foul of European law, because an Irish ruling may have allowed the iPhone and iPad maker to lower its taxable profits. If that's the case, it amounts to illegal state aid, which distorted the market in Apple's favor.Read more: Apple's Irish tax arrangements look like illegal state aid, says Europe


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European antitrust officials said Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland fall foul of European law, because an Irish ruling may have allowed the iPhone and iPad maker to lower its taxable profits. If that’s the case, it amounts to illegal state aid, which distorted the market in Apple’s favor.

Read more: Apple’s Irish tax arrangements look like illegal state aid, says Europe


Yesterday evening, the Apple-watching tech press went into overdrive following a Bloomberg report claiming that Apple would be forced by new antitrust regulations to ship iPhones without any pre-installed apps. 

Turns out, that wasn’t exactly what was being proposed after all, and after Bloomberg tweaked its report, things became a little clearer.

Note: You can still see the original gist of the report from the URL that remains: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-16/apple-pre-installed-apps-would-be-banned-under-antitrust-package [emphasis added]

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Rather than blocking Apple from installing any apps — which quite frankly is so ridiculous that even politicians couldn’t seriously suggest it (and, so ridiculous that people perhaps should have been a bit more skeptical — the proposals would prohibit Apple “giving its own apps an advantage by preventing users from removing them.”

In other words, an end to those apps that you can’t uninstall.

And that’s not a bad thing.

Must read: Apple will finally give iPhone and iPad users an important choice to make

I’m no fan of applications that can’t be uninstalled or that are difficult to remove, whether it be in laptops, smartphones, or whatever. There’s little to no reason that users shouldn’t be able to uninstall things installed on the smartphones and computers they buy.

Bloatware, lameware, crapware — these are the names old-timers like myself used to use.

But there’s a but…

Apple already allows you to uninstall a whole bunch of pre-installed apps from iDevices. In fact, there are only a few apps that aren’t on that list. Things like the Clock app, Photos app, Messages, oh, and Safari and the App Store.

I doubt that this is a fight about third-party clock apps (as nice as some of them are).

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