According to foreign media reports, the U.S. Senator stated that Apple has decided not to testify at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on antitrust issues related to mobile app stores, calling it “unacceptable.”
App developers have been very dissatisfied with the Apple App Store on iPhone and iPad, and Google Play Store on Android devices, accusing these app stores of monopolizing by requiring certain revenue sharing and setting strict containment rules.
The subcommittee hearing is scheduled to be held at the end of April. The senator said that he even had discussions with Senate staff on who would testify on behalf of Apple, but then Apple “suddenly announced” that it would not provide witnesses to testify at all.
Apple did not provide witnesses for App Store hearings on the grounds that the court is about to trial its case with Epic Games, but the Senate Judiciary Committee Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights Subcommittee did not pay the bill.
The Democratic senator has sent a letter to Cook, urging him to reconsider the previous decision, and stated in the letter that Apple’s backlash is unacceptable.