By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, arguing that his efforts were harming the companys business. The iPhone maker asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to halt monitor Michael Bromwichs work while the court considers Apples bid to remove him altogether, a process that could last several months. We cant turn back the clock, said Theodore Boutrous, a lawyer for Apple, in explaining why the company would suffer irreparable harm if the monitor is allowed to continue before the appeals court has a chance to decide whether his appointment was appropriate in the first place. Apple, the lawyer said, cannot be trusted to comply on its own.