Apple will face accusations from Brussels over the way it manages access to the NFC chip of its iPhonessays the FinancialTimes. A key step in an investigation opened in September 2020 towards manufacturers of mobile devices that offer an integrated contactless payment service.
It is normally next week – but the calendar can still move slightly, according to the four sources of the daily – that the Commission will reveal its charges. In the line of sight, the way in which Apple prevents third-party service providers from freely accessing the NFC chip of its phones. Brussels would have found a violation of European competition rules.
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Whether it is to offer a competing payment method to Apple Pay under the same conditions as this one or to allow transport authorities to launch a ticket purchase function without having to go through a mandatory financial agreement with Apple.
This case is just one of those where Apple’s control over its hardware and services is challenged with the aim of moving towards greater openness to competition and more options for users. .
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