Over the table somewhere at Apple’s headquarters, someone probably stuck the slogan, “Another week, another lawsuit,” and this week doesn’t seem to be any different because the EU is targeting Apple Pay, or, to be more specific, as Apple restricts the use of the NFC chip inside iPhones.

What are the claims?

The second accusation in Europe this year is EU antitrust regulators claim that Apple is restricting competitors by denying access to NFC (Near-Field Communications) technology, which it uses in its mobile wallet.

Apple has sent a statement of objections in which regulators have described in detail how it abused its dominant position in the iOS mobile wallet markets in violation Article 102 TFEU.

Apple Pay has access to NFC input APIs that the company does not provide to third party payment companies. However, other platforms allow third parties to access NFC technology to make such payments.

The EU statement states that “does not apply to restrictions on the Internet or alleged denials of access to Apple Pay for specific products of competitors, which the Commission said it was concerned about when it launched an in-depth investigation into Apple’s practices.”

Both recent cases have been part of an investigation when it started in 2020allegedly in response to complaints raised by PayPal.

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