Judge rules Cydia’s antitrust case against Apple can move forward

Cydia’s antitrust case against Apple may move forward, according to . On Thursday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the same judge who oversaw the , ruled that Cydia creator Jay “Saurik” Freeman could bring his lawsuit against the company after rejecting an offer from Apple to dismiss the lawsuit.

Freeman first in late 2020, claiming the company had an “illegal monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps.” Judge González Rogers dismissed Cydia’s initial complaint against Apple and ruled that the lawsuit fell outside the statute of limitations. But he also gave Freeman permission to make amends for him, which is what he did. In her latest complaint, Cydia argues that the iOS updates that Apple released between 2018 and 2021 constituted “open” acts that harmed distributors like her. That is a claim that Judge González Rogers found credible enough to explore.

“To the extent that plaintiffs’ claims are based on Apple’s technology upgrades to exclude Cydia from being able to operate entirely, those claims are timely,” the judge said in her ruling.

Cydia is seeking damages from Apple (the company in 2018) and hopes to force the tech giant to open up iOS to third-party payments and app distributors. Opening up the App Store to more competition is something US lawmakers are also considering, most recently with the Senate Judiciary Committee. If enacted, the law would force Apple to allow sideloading on iOS and prevent the company from blocking developers in its payments system.

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