WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a another step in its antitrust crackdown on Big Tech by filing a lawsuit against Apple, alleging the tech giant’s monopolistic practices in the smartphone market. Joined by 16 state and district attorneys general, the lawsuit accuses Apple of unlawfully maintaining its dominance and stifling competition.

According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Apple’s actions have resulted in higher prices for consumers and limited choices in the smartphone ecosystem. The lawsuit alleges that Apple has restricted its smartphone operating system in ways that hinder competition and innovation, making it challenging for developers to introduce products on alternative platforms.

Among the accusations leveled against Apple are its obstruction of “super apps” that facilitate platform-switching for consumers, hindrance of cloud-streaming apps for gaming without additional hardware, and deliberate degradation of cross-platform messaging services to favor iPhone users.

Apple, in response, vehemently denied the allegations, calling the lawsuit baseless and asserting that it threatens the principles of innovation and competition that define its products. The company maintains that its ecosystem is designed to provide a seamless and secure user experience while fostering innovation.

The lawsuit against Apple is part of President Biden’s broader effort to address anticompetitive behavior in the tech industry. It follows similar actions against other tech giants like Amazon and Google, signaling a renewed focus on enforcing antitrust laws to protect consumers and promote fair competition.

If successful, the lawsuit could have far-reaching implications for Apple’s business model and the smartphone market as a whole. It seeks to prevent Apple from engaging in practices that allegedly maintain its monopoly power and restrict competition.

The DOJ’s move underscores the growing scrutiny faced by Big Tech companies over their market dominance and business practices. As regulatory agencies continue to investigate and take action against tech giants, the outcome of these legal battles could reshape the landscape of the digital economy.