It isn’t utterly clear if a FCC commissioner understands what he is taking about, as he requires antitrust motion in opposition to Apple for its systematic shutdown of the iMessage-on-Android Beeper Mini app.
America authorities has a number of antitrust investigations trying into Apple’s management of the App Store and its companies — typically with good reason. Nevertheless, as with many circumstances involving expertise, it appears even an FCC commissioner would not fairly perceive the Apple versus Beeper Mini nuances.
A brief tirade delivered by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr, first shared by The Verge, confirmed precisely what actions he’d like seen taken in opposition to Apple and demonstrated how little he knew concerning the state of affairs. He appears to think about Beeper Mini as a sort of Robin Hood stealing iMessage from the wealthy and grasping Apple to ship it to the plenty that deserve blue bubble texts.
From Carr’s statements, it appears he believes Apple solely providing iMessage on iPhone is an accessibility difficulty. He says if Beeper Mini brings iMessage to Android and Apple stops it, Apple is violating Part 14 of its guidelines on making companies accessible.
Carr means that Apple purposefully degrades messages from Android, like by decreasing picture decision. He would not seem to concentrate on the technical core beneath SMS, or the variations between it and Apple’s web messaging protocol.
This isn’t the first nor final we’ll hear from political leaders about Apple shutting down Beeper Mini’s implementation of iMessage on Android. We’re unsure why the inexperienced bubble versus blue bubble battle has caught the attention of politicians, and it stays unsurprising that lawmakers and governmental officers of all stripes do not appear totally briefed on technical issues.