Technical hitches with the iPhone 4 are not Apple's only headaches this month. It is facing pressures in Europe and China - both key markets as its US heartland saturates and it needs strong performance on a global basis. Pending EU legislation could force Apple to change its software policies, and EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes may also launch a probe into interoperability between various smartphone platforms, including iPhone.
Kroes has already fined Microsoft $1.4bn for lack of software openness, and is now focusing on whether smartphone vendors comply with new European interoperability rules. Kroes specifically named Apple's App Store as an example of a closed environment.