A few days ago, Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram, issued an open letter about Apple’s 30 percent program fee. “This includes the claim that managing the App Store doesn’t cost what Apple earns from revenue, and App Store taxes weren’t in the computer era. Durov added that companies also can’t simply build Android apps because the iOS deployment base alone is huge.
It is unclear whether these arguments, which essentially mean that Apple has too much money and is too popular, will affect the EU. After all, if Margrethe Vestager is going to create a case, she has to prove that what Apple is doing is stifling competition and harming consumers. But even if Telegram̵7;s arguments are weak, it’s clear that any developer with an ax to shred against Apple will take that as an opportunity.