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Apps cost too much? U.S. Supreme Court allows suit adding to Apple's woes

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By MARK SHERMAN and MICHAEL LIEDTKE

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If apps cost too much, then don't buy.

A 30% markup is reasonable, you would have a similar or higher retailer markup off-line anyway.

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Horrible decision to let this lawsuit go forward.

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Honestly I don't mind the app store. Apple monitors the app store to ensure that viruses and malware do not get accidentally downloaded, so it is important for them to regulate it.

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Apple should be forced to allow competing App Stores that can charge lower commission.

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Honestly I don't mind the app store. Apple monitors the app store to ensure that viruses and malware do not get accidentally downloaded, so it is important for them to regulate it.

And the Google equivalent is full of useless apps full of spyware backed by fake reviews. One is ordered and the other a lawless jungle

However it will not stop apple exploiting its oligopoly.

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This is good news (in some ways), and bad in others.

Apple currently has a Quality issue, which had, in the past, set itself apart from the others, though now no longer - particularly when it cant get its own house in order.

A great example is the Parental monitoring apps. Firstly it's own Screentime... does not work for a lot of users - more and more Parents are actually venting their frustrations on the Apple Community site about that one. To make matters worse, Apple decided to pull some 3rd party apps which did a similar thing (but actually worked more effectively than their own ) , the official explanation was because these apps used an Enterprise Certificate that allowed those apps to do more than the standard app could do ... so, it's okay for Apple to use it, but not for anyone else ? Needless to say the developers of those apps - just lost their businesses/livelihoods because of that move, and Parents just lost the ability to properly monitor their Kids online activities.

As for security issues, the (very) recent "WhatsApp" issue - also effects Apple... so if you havent updated that app, you'd be advised to do so now.

Additionally, Apple has become too full of itself. First off - look at the small print in its service agreement, you cant sue them for anything over 50 US$.. which really makes this outcome of this Supreme court decision quite interesting to watch on how it unfolds when users come forth and "sue" apple.

Secondly their so called "Geniuses" are not exactly that, far from it. That term is so derogatory - smacks of arrogance, which is probably why they do like to pretend that they're better than the rest of us, though in reality they are just First line IT support, probably like a lot of other people here, but a number I have encountered have really poor Customer support attitudes (which lets the Company down). I wonder even if they've been internally taught about things such as ITSM / ITIL - so as a Career, it looks like a dead-end job (which probably explains some of the attitudes).

Finally, and in my personal opinion, Apple is in decline - it has been since the exit of Steve Jobs, they're trying to move into Services, but left it too late, and are now up against the likes of Amazon, Google, NetFlix, etc. And without anything that really sets them apart - which is where they have lost the "Steve Jobs" touch. They need a new "genius" to take the creative helm of the Company and move it forward - something that wont be just a day job for another Business executive on the board, but a special position, something that will allow that person to rekindle the enthusiasm for Apple products over others.

And,bear in mind, Cash piles can drain pretty quickly. Especially with US Lawsuits in the pipeline.... it maybe cheaper for Apple to give out 50 US$ to all owners of Apple products than to fight each lawsuit in Court.

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And before I get flamed... Android sucks too in many ways.

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My phone costs too much as it is-why buy apps?

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And the Google equivalent is full of useless apps full of spyware backed by fake reviews. One is ordered and the other a lawless jungle 

However it will not stop apple exploiting its oligopoly.

Exactly!

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Next, should be Adobe and their subscription plans Monopoly.

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