EU drops Apple anti-trust investigation


The European Competition Commission has halted its investigation into Apple, as the US firm has agreed to change the policies causing the dispute.

Two separate issues were being looked at by the regulator the restriction of tools developers were able to use to create applications for the iPhone/iPad and warranty policy, only allowing items to get fixed in the country they were bought.

Apple already backed down earlier this month by removing restrictions on developer tools, but has now also ended the country of purchase restrictions for repairs.

The Commission's vice president, Joaqun Almunia, said: "Apple's response to our preliminary investigations shows that the Commission can use the competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers, without the need to open formal proceedings."

IT PRO contacted Apple for a response to the dropped investigation but the company had not responded to our request at the time of publication.

However, as one problem concludes, another one has appeared and Steve Jobs and his firm have launched legal action against Sector Labs, trying to prevent the firm using pod' in one of its product names.

The company is currently developing a video projector, entitled the Video Pod,' and Apple is hoping to prevent it using the name and taking advantage of the "fame and goodwill of Apple's mark."

The case, which will solely take place on paper, is expected to conclude in January 2011.

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