Brussels – The European Commission has closed two antitrust
investigations into Apple (NASD: AAPL), after the company made changes to its practices that
apparently remedied the Commission’s concerns. One investigation related to
Apple’s restrictions on tools developers could use on the iPhone — which the
company came under criticism for, and has since relaxed.
The other concerned
Apple’s insistence that iPhone repairs occur in their "country of
purchase;" the company now allows authorized service providers in Europe
to perform warranty repairs.
"Apple’s response to our preliminary
investigations shows that the commission can use the competition rules to
achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers, without
the need to open formal proceedings," Competition Commissioner Joaquin
Almunia said, according to the Wall Street Journal.