Apple CEO Tim Cook Refutes DOJ’s Antitrust Lawsuit, Pledges to Fight

Apple CEO Tim Cook has denounced the recent antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), calling it “unjustified” and vowing to fight it.

Speaking at the company’s latest earnings call, Cook told CNBC that Apple will be contesting the DOJ’s lawsuit. He stressed that he doesn’t want the legal battle to become a “distraction” for Apple.

The DOJ alleges that Apple has engaged in anticompetitive behavior by restricting users’ ability to switch to other platforms, limiting the iPhone to Apple’s own apps and services, making iMessage exclusive to Apple devices, restricting the use of third-party digital wallets, and preventing Apple Watch compatibility with non-Apple products.

In its defense, the American tech giant has previously stated that the lawsuit “threatens the existence of Apple and harms the company’s principles.” Apple claims that the lawsuit sets a “dangerous precedent” by allowing governments to dictate how technology is created.

Apple has already implemented sideloading of apps in Europe, allowing users to download apps from sources other than the App Store. If the DOJ prevails, Apple may be forced to implement these measures in the U.S. market as well.

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