Nexedi, an open source software developer based in France, is suing Apple over the terms the App Store contract imposes on mobile development firms. At the crux of the issue is Apple’s requirement that third-party Web browsers use the WebKit layout engine that also provides the foundation for Apple’s Safari Browser. “We would be delighted at Nexedi to create a Web browser for iOS with better HTML5 support based on a recent version of Blink library, for example,” Nexedi leaders blogged. “But as soon as we would publish it, it would be banned from Apple’s App Store. Many developers have experienced this situation already. Many companies are being hurt by this situation. Some companies have already begged Apple to improve HTML5 support in iOS with little significant results.”
The company contends that Apple’s practices violate French trade laws.