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Apple won’t give up control of the iPhone

Apple won’t give up control of the iPhone


The EU wants to weaken Apple’s gatekeeper power, and the company is on the wrong side of history by fighting it.

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An illustration of Apple’s head of the App Store, Phil Schiller.
Apple’s Phil Schiller.
Illustration by William Joel / The Verge

Happy Sunday. It’s a busy week ahead for tech, with lots of companies reporting Q4 earnings, a big tech CEO hearing in DC, the Vision Pro going on sale, and more.

In this issue: The intent of the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which goes into effect on March 7th, is to loosen the control of tech’s gatekeepers. Apple has now shown that it has no intention of letting that happen — regulation be damned. I believe the company is on the wrong side of history here, and that karma will come back to bite it.

First, a programming note: I’ll be interviewing Pinterest CEO Bill Ready on Monday morning at the first-ever Common Sense Summit in San Francisco. Other speakers include Sam Altman, Hillary Clinton, and United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. If you’re reading this and will be there, please say hi.

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