Apple’s Regulatory Push and Pull

Jason Snell, Macworld:

And now we can fully see Apple’s strategy of incremental compliance, brought into action: The company announced the minimum possible and then waited to be told what else it needed to do. Now it will begin modifying those policies, as required, in order to satisfy regulators while still doing the minimum required of it, presumably hoping that it won’t get nudged by the regulators all that often.

Expect to see the same kind of settling and negotiation everywhere, from third-party app distribution to the European Commission’s enforcement, over the span of years. It will all be messy — and that is the process working as intended.