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Canada's competition watchdog probing Apple

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The Apple logo is seen at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco on Sept 11, 2012.

[OTTAWA] Canada's Competition Bureau said Friday it is poring over Apple's contracts with local wireless carriers to determine if the company illegally stifled competition when it first introduced the iPhone.

Spokesman Greg Scott told AFP the bureau sought a court order this week to force Apple to hand over its records relating to the supply of iPhones sold in Canada.

The smartphone is currently available for purchase from several different carriers.

But Rogers was for a short time the first to be able to offer it to Canadians when it initially came out in 2008.

"At this time, the investigation is ongoing and no determination has been made yet as to whether any laws have been broken," Scott said.

Apple declined to comment on the investigation.

AFP