Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is “very likely” to face an antitrust lawsuit from the US Department of Justice (DoJ), according to a media report overnight.
The DoJ is said to have accelerated its probe into Apple, which was initially opened back in 2019, a report from The Information said, citing two people with knowledge of the investigation.
Apple’s power as a technology market leader is the broad focus of the investigation, with the Cupertino colossus using its size in an anti-competitive manner.
Specific concerns include issues around app tracking transparency, sign-in processes with Apple and its App Store.
According to the report, there has been a “flurry” of information on the case over the summer.
Subpoenas have apparently been sent to Apple’s business partners and Justice Department lawyers have been questioning Apple, its customers and competitors.
The report also mentions that Jonathan Kanter, the incoming head of the DOJ’s antitrust division, has previously represented some of Apple’s competitors, such as Spotify.