Well, history just repeated itself. With nothing new to add, Apple has not learned from history. In December 2017, Apple was sued after it admitted it slows down older phones.
2 years later, the company is fined again. Charge, Ummm, nothing different, nothing new. It’s the same old practice the company admitted to in 2017.
Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) in France. Reason or this fine is the company deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.
The fine was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF.
According to French watchdog. the iPhone owners “were not informed that installing new iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could actually slow down their device”.
It is stated in the agreement that Apple must display a notice on its French-language website for a month. The watchdog says, Apple “committed the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission”.
- The slowing down of phones as confirmed in 2017 has implemented on iPhones including:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus running iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone X running iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone XS, XS Max and XR running iOS 13.1 or higher
The setting takes effect with battery life degrading and iOS informs the users about the performance management function activated.
“The effects of performance management on these newer models may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design,” Apple said.