US senators criticize iPhone maker Apple

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The panel’s bipartisan leaders said Friday that Apple was refusing to testify at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on competition issues involving mobile app stores.

App developers have long accused Apple’s App Store of being involved in the backlash for the iPhone and iPad, with Google’s Play Store for Android devices requiring certain revenue sharing payments and stricter engagement rules. . A subcommittee hearing was scheduled for late April, but no date has been set yet.

Democrats, Senators Amy Cloboucher and Mike Lee, a Republican, said Friday they wrote a letter to Tim Cook, the technology company’s chief executive, urging him to reconsider.

“Two weeks before the scheduled hearing, Apple abruptly announced that it would not provide any witnesses,” the letter said. “Apple’s sudden change of heart to refuse to testify is not acceptable.”

The tech company did not respond to a request for comment.

Apple and game maker Epic Games is scheduled to close those issues in a federal trial starting May 3 in California.

A Google spokesman said in a statement that Google had agreed to testify during the subcommittee’s hearing. The company did not immediately return a request for comment.

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