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The EU has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the EU so far. Has the U.S. government said anything about maybe following up on this? Have there been any whispers about it? If so, has there been anything about when?

EDIT: It'd be great if an answer (that says Apple has to give users the option) identifies what OS' (if not all are required to) would be given the switching-app-stores feature.

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    Not only the UK but also the European Union: apple.com/newsroom/2024/01/…
    – xyldke
    Commented Mar 6 at 7:08
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    Leaving this as a comment for the moment as an answer on this front could be rather longer, but based on the [Epic Games V. Apple lawsuit[(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_Games_v._Apple) which is likely related to answers here, would you consider answers that consider it from a court ruling, or a state-level legislative branches, or is this focused primarily on the federal government's legislative or executive branches? Commented Mar 6 at 11:25
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    @AlexanderThe1st As long as it clearly answers whether or not Apple has to give users the option to switch app stores, I'll accept it as an answer (may not hit the accept button if a better one comes up or someone gives counter-evidence, or another reason).
    – Daemons
    Commented Mar 7 at 0:27

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The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust against Apple. Amongst the allegations are (emphasis mine)

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleges that Apple illegally maintains a monopoly over smartphones by selectively imposing contractual restrictions on, and withholding critical access points from, developers. Apple undermines apps, products, and services that would otherwise make users less reliant on the iPhone, promote interoperability, and lower costs for consumers and developers. Apple exercises its monopoly power to extract more money from consumers, developers, content creators, artists, publishers, small businesses, and merchants, among others. Through this monopolization lawsuit, the Justice Department and state Attorneys General are seeking relief to restore competition to these vital markets on behalf of the American public.

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Blocking Innovative Super Apps. Apple has disrupted the growth of apps with broad functionality that would make it easier for consumers to switch between competing smartphone platforms.

While not explicit, a win on the current antitrust suit could mean Apple needs to accept other app stores beyond its own.

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