Believe it or not, it’s possible that the FTC is going to side with developers and force Apple to back down in a dispute concerning the new iPhone SDK agreement. Rumors indicate that the FTC isn’t pleased with Apple’s decision to outlaw tools like Flash CS5 and MonoTouch.
The problem (from the FTC’s perspective) is that these restrictions are anticompetitive. Whether Apple’s established itself as a monopoly is debatable – there are lots of alternatives to the iPod and iPhone, even if none of them are as popular, and plenty of iPad imitators are on the way – but the restriction on tools is Apple’s fault, not a result of consumers’ choices.
So, as reported by Thomas Catan and Yukari Iwatani Kane, “Apple could try to head off trouble with antitrust enforcers by changing the terms of its developer agreement, one person familiar with the situation said.”
As always, we’ll see what happens.