Spinmeister Ed on Apple’s App Store monopoly problem has leaks in the argument.
Why would an app developer design and publish an app that has free competition? Differentiation. Some third-party apps are better than Apple’s and worthy of a price tag. The problem Apple faces is the spin from critics more than law, but the company has responded appropriately but rejiggering App Store search results so that keywords like browser or email or books or podcasts or reminders do not automatically list Apple’s own apps as competition.
It makes no sense what Apple did. Apple’s apps are free. Apple makes money when you buy apps with a price tag.