No, the European Commissioner Did Not Say the Delayed Launch of Apple Intelligence Is Anticompetitive

M.G. Siegler:

With all the talk about how the EU believes Apple is anticompetitive, it never occurred to me to read it more literally. By announcing the [sic] would not be shipping their ‘Apple Intelligence’ tools in the EU, Apple is choosing to not compete in AI in the region. That is anticompetitive. I guess?

Siegler is not the only person who seems to be confused by Margrethe Vestager’s recent comments, as transcribed by Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac:

I find that very interesting that they say we will now deploy AI where we’re not obliged to enable competition. I think that is that is the most sort of stunning open declaration that they know 100% that this is another way of disabling competition where they have a stronghold already.

Vestanger is claiming Apple Intelligence must be anticompetitive because Apple is not launching it in the E.U. where it would fall under the governance of the DMA. It is, at best, a stretch to conclude that from Apple’s cautious behaviour. But I cannot see how one could interpret Vestanger’s comments to mean she believes the delay of Apple Intelligence in the E.U. is itself anticompetitive.