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Court Mulls Apple App Store Case

The US Supreme Court, pictured, has agreed to hear Apple in its bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing it of breaking US competition laws by monopolising the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to pay more than they should.

The justices will hear Apple’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that revived the proposed class-action lawsuit by iPhone buyers over commissions that the technology company receives through its App Store.

Though developers set the prices of their apps, Apple collects the payments from iPhone users, charging developers a 30 per cent commission on each purchase.

Developers earned more than $US20 billion in 2016, according to Apple.

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