iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.
It’s pretty hard to get much less expensive than free. I’ve spoken first-hand to developers who can’t make their app sustainable at even $0.99, so they have to make it free with garbage ads supporting it.
Take it further and the plain fact is that Android is the dominant platform and has no such restrictions. Hardly a monopoly.
That said, you do buy directly from Apple, not the developers, so this is probably the right move. They don’t have a chance of winning, though.