Apple and Google didn’t thwart competition in mobile, they just created the best software, and consumers voted with their wallets. Microsoft, Palm, Blackberry, and Danger all tried and they all eventually failed. That’s how a free market is supposed to function.
If you don’t like Apple’s walled garden, if you want more control over which applications you can run on your smartphone, then use Android. There is consumer choice here…and neither company seems to be able to gain total dominance: iOS has a greater market share in the U.S., but Android has a greater market share worldwide. Again, this is how properly functioning competition is supposed to work.
If Congress forces Apple to allow other app stores, who is going to bear the cost of fixing the additional security issues? Is Congress going to pay for it with our taxes? Is Apple supposed to pay for it? Are the developers supposed to bear the cost? Who does the consumer turn to when these security problems need to be fixed? The developer will blame Apple, Apple will blame the developer, and the consumer will be stuck in the middle with a less secure, very expensive smartphone.
I didn’t sign up for that. I use iOS because I WANT my smartphone to work differently than my Mac. I want it to be more secure, even if that means that I have to give up some freedoms. I need my iPhone to work every time I use it. I prefer Apple’s approach, but I know people who want more control and more freedom who prefer Android.
Congress should stop wasting time interfering in a functioning market and fix actual problems like climate change, COVID, and the outrageous costs of healthcare and education in the United States.