The Apple logo on a store in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, April 26, 2021. Apple Inc. is increasing its U.S. investments by 20% over the next five years, allocating $430 billion to develop next-generation silicon and spur 5G wireless innovation across nine U.S. states, after outstripping its growth expectations during the pandemic. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. was hit with an antitrust lawsuit over Apple Pay—accused of, first, using its market power in the mobile device industry to fend off competition from rival payment apps and, second, charging card issuers fees to boost its bottom line.

The proposed class-action complaint by Affinity Credit Union marks the latest antitrust battle for the iPhone maker, after it’s faced increasing regulatory scrutiny in recent years over its App Store policies. European regulators, after a nearly two-year investigation, also found on a preliminary basis that Apple abused its dominant position with Apple Pay in the market for tap-to-pay apps or mobile wallets.

IPhone users must use Apple Pay if they want to buy something by tapping the phone against a terminal in a store. Other iPhone payment services, such as PayPal and Square—as well as financial institutions like Chase, Citi, and American Express—can’t launch tap-to-pay iPhone apps with their own features and interface.

 

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