SaurikIT, the company behind the popular jailbreak app store Cydia, has today filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after an antitrust suit against Apple was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers last month.
The original suit was filed towards the end of 2020 and claimed that Apple’s control over the installation of apps onto its devices was anti-competitive.
Cydia was the main way people were able to install third-party apps on iPhones before the App Store launched despite the fact that it required people to jailbreak their iPhones and iPads.
It was also a way for people to get features that would later be rolled into iOS and iPadOS, including multitasking and widgets. MacRumors reports that Cydia’s lawsuit claimed that it was “the App Store before the App Store” and that Apple has “consistently tried to snuff out alternative app stores,” including Cydia and others.
Apple continues to deny that the requirement for apps to be installed via the App Store is a problem for users or other companies, but it’s something that keeps rearing its head. It’s also part of ongoing antitrust issues around the world, with Apple’s cut of App Store revenue causing it to come under increasing scrutiny in courthouses from the Netherlands to Australia.
Famously, Apple and Epic Games went to court over Apple’s cut of Fortnite in-app purchases, something that means that the popular battle royale games has not been available in the App store for years.
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