The inquiry will be against Apple’s new policy of requiring developers to use its own programming tools only.
The New York Post is reporting that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commissions are, “locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into Apple’s new policy of requiring software developers” to use only Apple’s own programming tools to develop applications for its devices such as the iPhone and the iPad.
Regulators, this person [a source] said, are days away from making a decision about which agency will launch the inquiry. It will focus on whether the policy, which took effect last month, kills competition by forcing programmers to choose between developing apps that can run only on Apple gizmos or come up with apps that are platform neutral, and can be used on a variety of operating systems, such as those from rivals Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion.
The New York Post speculates that the inquiry is a byproduct of Apple’s restriction against Flash, however, 9 to 5 Mac speculates that the inquiry could be related to Apple’s recent ban on third-party “rapid app development tools” and restrictions on “unauthorized programming code” as mandated by the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.
Source: The New York Post, 9 to 5 Mac