Apple Inc., the American tech giant, will now testify at the senate antitrust subcommittee hearing later this month after representatives criticized the tech company last week for suddenly canceling its plans to appear at the hearing, several news outlets reported. On Sunday, Apple said in a letter that it would make Kyle Andeer, its chief compliance officer to testify at a 21st April Senate hearing on antitrust concerns with its App Store.
The response of Apple comes after Senator Mike Lee and Senator Amy Klobuchar openly accused the tech firm last week of using its current legal fight with Fortnite-manufacturer Epic Games as a justification for not providing an eyewitness in the state legislature at the start of 2021. Furthermore, Apple said that it surprised after hearing the criticism from the lawmakers and insisted it only sought alternative dates in light of future issues that scheduled, for instance, and that touch on similar matters.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to the request of CNN for comment on the current matter. Moreover, the latest antitrust hearing comes as the tech titan faces a high-profile lawsuit from Epic Games over its policies of App Store. The dispute intends on the fifteen percent to thirty percent commission Apple charges when smartphone users make in-app purchases, which Epic Games claims is anti-competitive.
Apple Trial started to Begin on 3rd May
The trial of Apple targeted to start on 3rd May, and Cook and other senior executives scheduled to testify before Senate. Moreover, the legal fight against Apple is only part of a growing response of other technology firms intending to the App Store fee. Epic Games, Match Group, Spotify, and others, through a non-profit alliance of companies, “the Coalition for App Fairness,” are pushing state lawmakers to pass legislation allowing them to use their own payment processors and avoid the fee.