A few days ago, Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov published an open letter on the 30% tax on Apple apps. That includes a claim that running the app store isn’t worth what Apple generates in revenue, and that app store fees didn’t exist in the PC era. Durov added that companies can’t just build an app for Android instead, thanks to the immense size of an iOS installation base.
It is unclear whether these arguments, which generally amount to saying that Apple has too much money, and that it is too popular, will carry a burden with the EU. After all, if Margrethe Vestager is going to build a case, she wants to prove that what Apple is doing is stifling competition and harming users. But even if Telegram’s argument is weak, it’s clear that any developer with an ax to grind against Apple will use this as an opportunity.