The European Union is investigating Apple over alleged anti-competitive practices in relation to sales of its popular iPhone range.

The European Union is investigating Apple over alleged anti-competitive practices in relation to sales of its popular iPhone range.
 
The EU's executive body, the European Commission, has begun preliminary proceedings to see if Apple has inked deals with European mobile networks to give it more favourable terms than rival smartphone makers.
 
The Commission sent a nine-page questionnaire to a variety of telecommunications providers in Europe after it received several private complaints, according to the Financial Times.
 
 
There is also concern over indications that some technical functions of Apple products are disabled within the EU area, which would be a breach of EU law. These restrictions include blocks that prevent the iPhone 5 using 4G networks in Europe.
 
The questionnaire, which must be completed by 17 June, is designed to ascertain if a full investigation is needed. If the mobile operators admit that Apple has obtained agreements favouring it over rivals it could lead to significant fines for the iPhone maker.
 
Apple denies any wrong-doing.