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Apple lawsuit by Cydia developer dismissed (for now, at least)

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has granted Apple’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the company by Jay Freeman, creator of an alternative App Store known as Cydia for “jailbroken” iPhones and iPads, reports MacRumors

The case might not be over yet, however, as Freeman was given the option to file an amended complaint by January 19. In December 2020, Freeman sued Apple, claiming that the tech giant used anticompetitive practices to establish an illegal monopoly over iOS app distribution.

“Were it not for Apple’s anticompetitive acquisition and maintenance of an illegal monopoly over iOS app distribution, users today would actually be able to choose how and where to locate and obtain iOS apps, and developers would be able to use the iOS app distributor of their choice,” the lawsuit alleges.

Cydia is a graphical user interface that enables a user to find and install software not authorized by Apple on jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. It also refers to the digital distribution platform for software on iOS accessed through Cydia software.

the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.
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