Apple to face antitrust inquiry over app development

<p>Apple could face an antitrust inquiry into its policy of making app developers for the iPad and iPhone use the manufacturer&#39;s programming tools only, according to <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/an_antitrust_app_buvCWcJdjFoLD5vBS... target="_blank">the <em>New York Post</em>. </a></p><p>Citing &quot;a person familiar with the matter&quot;, the paper reported during the weekend that the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission were &quot;locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry&quot;. </p><p>Should the inquiry go ahead, it will focus on whether the policy, which was brought in last month, is anti-competitive, in requiring programmers to develop apps that can run only on Apple devices. The decision is just &quot;days away&quot;, the source told NYP.&nbsp; </p><p>According to the paper, officials at both the Justice Department and FTC declined to comment, while Apple did not return calls seeking comment. </p><p>Last week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs explained why he had prevented the use of Adobe software on the company&#39;s devices in a blog post.</p><p><a href="http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/" target="_blank">&quot;Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven &ndash; they say we want to protect our App Store &ndash; but in reality it is based on technology issues,&quot; he said. &quot;Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true.&quot;</a></p><p><a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f9c0fce0-5707-11df-aaff-00144feab49a.html" target="_blank">An article from the Financial Times on the matter explained: &quot;Adobe&rsquo;s Flash has become a de facto standard for the industry to create web games and present video, with about 75% of video served on web sites using Flash.&quot; </a></p>