Why app buyers should be able to sue Apple

Last month, the Department of Justice argued before the US Supreme Court in the case Apple v Pepper that the millions of us who have bought iPhone applications through Apple's App Store - the only way the company offers to buy an app for the device - are not really Apple's customers.

Some app buyers allege that the App Store is an illegal monopoly and that Apple forces them to pay higher prices for apps than they would have paid in a competitive market.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline 'Why app buyers should be able to sue Apple'. Print Edition | Subscribe