European Union competition regulators have dropped a probe into Apple, after the company agreed to relax restrictions on the iPhone.

Apple has agreed to introduce cross-border iPhone warranty repair services for EU purchasers and relax restrictions on development tools for iPhone applications.

Apple has now appointed service providers to "offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs," the Commission said.

The change in Apple policy should make it easier for iPhone customers to get repairs under warranty in a EU country other than where the smartphone was purchased.

"Apple's response to our preliminary investigations shows that the commission can use the competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers," said EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia at the weekend.

"In light of these policy changes, the commission intends to close the investigations into these matters."

The Commission was also investigating Apple's tightening in April of the licensing arrangements for developers of iPhone applications. The company began requiring that developers use only Apple's native programming tools and languages. The Commission said it could have "ultimately resulted in shutting out competition from devices running platforms other than Apple's."

Apple said earlier this month that it would remove restrictions on using other development tools.

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