Iphone Slowed Down: Apple Pays 25 M Fine (No Program Obsolescence)

The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) announces that Apple has agreed to pay a fine of EUR 25 million as part of a criminal settlement.

Following an investigation, the CCRAB concluded that iPhone owners were not informed that the iOS operating system updates they were installing were likely to lead to a slowdown in the operation of their device.

This case echoes an old practice by Apple, which had secretly introduced a performance bottleneck in the iOS 10.2.1 update released in January 2017. It was only with iOS 11.3 in March 2018 that the ability to disable such a restraint was added.

Apple had finally admitted what is now considered a deceptive business practice and may have touched the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7 with old batteries. The Cupertino group had justified a measure to protect the iPhone’s battery from wear and tear and to extend its lifespan through dynamic power management.

Following a complaint from the association HOP (Halte à l’obsolescence programmée), the Paris public prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation for programmed obsolescence, which was not retained in the end, contrary to a lack of information.

In addition to the sum of 25 million euros Apple will publish a Press Release on its site for a period of one month.

For the HOP association, it welcomes a first historic victory , but regrets that the procedure used (editor’s note: the penal transaction), deprives consumers of a public trial on planned obsolescence.

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