“We require to make certain that Apple’s policies do not misshape competition in markets where Apple is contending with various other app programmers, for example with its songs streaming solution Apple Music or with Apple Books,” Margrethe Vestager, the commission’s exec vice head of state for competitors, stated in a written statement.
In an information launch, the compensation claimed Apple determines the terms to sellers that accept Apple Pay as well as limits the use of the “NFC” chip on iPhones only to Apple’s own service.
The commission stated it will also focus on claims that Apple limits the use of Apple Pay for its competitors.
The move by the commission comes as antitrust scrutiny in the United States has moved on to focus on other technology companies such as Google. Antitrust regulators in Europe have been more aggressive in taking on the power of large technology companies. Though the cases have dragged on for many years, they’ve resulted in some large fines.
The commission also announced a separate investigation Tuesday into Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment system that allows its customers to make in-store purchases using a wireless chip in the iPhone.
In a news release, the commission said Apple dictates the terms to merchants who accept Apple Pay and limits the use of the “NFC” chip on iPhones only to Apple’s own service. “It is important that Apple’s measures do not deny consumers the benefits of new payment technologies, including better choice, quality, innovation and competitive prices,” the commission wrote in the release.
The commission said it will also focus on allegations that Apple restricts the use of Apple Pay for its competitors.
Apple is one of several U.S. technology companies facing possible fines and other action in Europe for allegedly anticompetitive behavior. Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon could be hit with antitrust charges for its treatment of third-party sellers on its site.
The news of the probes comes on the heals of a complaint from Tile, another Apple computer that makes Bluetooth tags to help people find keys and other lost items. The commission has not said whether it will formally investigate those allegations.
Whether the investigation will lead to a change in Apple’s business or a material ding to its pocket book is unknown. But Tuesday, Wall Street shrugged at the news. Apple’s stock was up roughly 2.5 percent, and the company was valued at $1.5 trillion, or about 44 times the size of Spotify, whose stock was down Tuesday.