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.