FTC Contemplating Anti-Trust Inquiry Against Apple Over Ban Of Cross-Compiler Programs

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According to these reports, a final decision on the inquiry is expected to be taken in few more days. The inquiry shall be followed by a full-fledged investigation into Apple 's policies to determine if the company had indeed violated the antitrust laws. According to David Balto, a former policy director with the FTC, Apple 's moves appear anti-competitive at the outset. He says:
“What they're (Apple ) doing is clearly anticompetitive … They want one superhighway and they're the tollkeeper on that superhighway,”
just days ahead of the launch of Adobe's much publicized Creative Suite 5 software last month. The move was seen as a deliberate attempt to challenge Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone compiler that would enable app developers to easily port their Flash applications to the iPhone platform. This decision had triggered a
over the merits of Apple 's policies. However, Apple had argued that cross-compiler applications tend to create an intermediate layer between the app developer and the app platform that could potentially degrade the quality of iPhone apps since these applications would be overtly dependent on software developed by third parties like Adobe.
It needs to be noted that an inquiry does not always lead to prosecution and any possible actions against Apple are at least a few months away.
Apple is learnt to be already reviewing possible ways to counter FTC's actions.
claims that according to their sources Apple could be staving off a potential fallout with the FTC by scrapping the changes made in the iPhone Developer License Agreement. This is however a speculation at the moment and needs to be taken with guarded skepticism.
What are your views on this case? Do you see merits in FTC's decision to order an antitrust inquiry against Apple ? Or should Apple be given a free hand to lay down its rules for the iPhone OS platform? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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