When we reported that Apple had relaxed their App Store guidelines we anticipated the arrival of apps that had been put on hold. What was left out of the conversation was the affect it would have on its pending investigation by the European Commissions office.

It was over a month ago when we originally brought you the news that the EU would be joining the Federal Trade Commissions in investigating Apple for their conduct in the dispute regarding Adobe and Flash. It turns out that when Apple opted to relax their rules it relaxed the temperament of the authorities…

iLounge has the report which includes a quote from the EU’s VP of Commission that reads:

Apple’s response to our preliminary investigations shows that the Commission can use the competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers, without the need to open formal proceedings.

No formal proceedings can likely be translated as saying that Apple is out of the dog house. Do you think this was the major motivation behind Apple loosening their restrictions for the App Store? Perhaps they’re just being nice guys. Give us your ideas on what you think of Apple dodging an antitrust bullet in the comments below.

  • Hi

    Hi ethan do you know how i can fix my iPhone 3gs it is stuck on DFU mode

    • Yboy403

      If it’s stuck, try holding the power and home buttons till it restarts. Also, try to use tinyumbrella to kick it out of recovery mode. Just google it.

  • thecomer

    why they don’t just allow adobe flash to be supported!! they can make it on the consumer’s choice to install it or not whether it affects the iDevice performance or not. it would be on the consumer’s own risk IF it is risky as they claimed. You know just like the smoking they sell the cigarettes packs with warning statement written on it. But Apple just beating around the bush…I guess

  • Dens

    Question to all… Do you choose who you invite home and allow enter your home? Yes or No?

    Ok, this might seems extreme, but think about it, when you build your home, organize it to it’s best, you are opening it to the public to come and visit, even use all your equipment. However, if someone comes along with a hammer you do hesitate to let him in right ?

    • thecomer

      well you have a good point. but as you know, Adobe is not a beginner company, they know well what thery are doing, and Apple is not the first or last one they are going to deal with.

    • nathan warner

      that might be true, but as a builder, if I were to sell my house to someone or if i developed luxury properties i would not prevent my buyers from having using questionable furniture by arguing that it would spoil the experience of living in that property…. might not be the best for them but who am i to impose restrictions once i’ve sold it?…i take no side on the apple/flash debate but i’ve seen it run pretty fine on a buddy’s evo – then again it was light surfing…. maybe they could meet halfway by letting the user enable certain flash objects by clicking on it or something…. but in the spirit of things to not allow users to access flash content for the fear of them not having a good enough experience is unreasonable especially if the buyer is willing to risk it…

  • Grable

    i would think that if someone came to my door with a hammer there is a pretty good chance he is getting in if he wants to bad enough. while were going to the extreme in a retarded way i figured i would throw that out there.

    opinion…..if you buy a truck from chevy should they be allowed to tell you what color to paint it? or what rims to put on it? or whether you can modify the engine??

    • thecomer

      Yes of course it’s right that we bought the device and we’re free to do with it whatever we want to. But apple is like a cooker wants to keep his cooking sececrts. but since it’s already supported in Mac platforms, why not to be in iDevices too 🙁