Apple’s once-impregnable fortress is under siege. The tech giant, known for its fiercely guarded ecosystem, is facing significant antitrust challenges on both sides of the Atlantic.

Just as it grapples with potential legal action from the US Justice Department, the European Commission (EC) hit Apple with a hefty $2 billion fine for allegedly stifling competition in the music streaming market.

Apple intends to fight the EC’s decision, which stemmed from a complaint lodged by Spotify in 2019. The EU regulator accused Apple of using its dominance to force music streaming services like Spotify to funnel customers through the App Store, where Apple charges a 30% commission on every purchase.

The EC claims this practice inflated music streaming costs for iOS users for nearly a decade. Apple, however, maintains its innocence, arguing that the EC’s decision is flawed and fails to consider the competitive and thriving nature of the music streaming market.

Meanwhile, the US Justice Department appears to be gearing up for a much broader fight. Reports suggest investigators are looking into whether Apple’s tightly integrated ecosystem, encompassing iPhones, App Store, Apple Watch, iMessage, and AirTags, unfairly restricts competition.

This focus on Apple’s “walled garden” is a major concern for the company. While iPhone sales remain a significant driver, generating over half of its revenue in 2023, Apple’s services and hardware ecosystem tied to the iPhone are increasingly lucrative.

These sectors, which include Apple Watch, AirPods, and subscriptions like Apple Music+, contributed almost a quarter of total revenue last year. A potential lawsuit aiming to dismantle this ecosystem could significantly disrupt these revenue streams.

The dual antitrust investigations pose a major threat to Apple’s business model and raise critical questions about the company’s practices. Can it maintain its control over its ecosystem while staying within legal boundaries? Will this mark a shift in the way Apple operates, or will it successfully defend its stance?

These questions remain unanswered, but one thing is clear: Apple’s once-unassailable position is being challenged, and the outcome could have significant implications for the entire tech industry.