The Justice Department has been investigating Apple since 2019 over allegations that it abused its market power to stifle smaller tech companies, including app developers and competing hardware makers. As the investigation has progressed, a suit has become increasingly likely, but the move to drafting sections of the suit is a significant step forward in the process.
Although many reports have focused on potential antitrust violations regarding the App Store, the case being considered by the DOJ purportedly extends well beyond Apple's payment system and high commissions.
Prosecutors are also homing in on whether and how Apple’s control over its physical devices harms competitors beyond app developers. DOJ is focused heavily on public complaints leveled by Tile, a maker of devices and technology used to find lost items, according to three people with knowledge of the government’s work.
Notably, the DOJ may wait to see the outcome of the appeal in Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple. That could help them decide how to frame their case.
More details in the full report linked below...