Apple Fined $41 Million for Slowing Old iPhone Models

In France, a court has filed a case against tech giant, Apple, and fined them $41 million for deliberately slowing down old iPhone models without informing about the updates to customers. The first case was marked in 2017, as Apple pushed out a software update that restricts the full performance of older iPhone models with conspiracy theories that Apple was making customers upgrade to newer iPhone models. The company said that it was an attempt to save the phones’ battery life; as a high level of performance issues will cause battery drain or random shutdowns.

In 2017, the company said, while the iPhone battery comes of age, the device could become more stable and would theoretically keep working for longer than if performance throttling was not applied. The case was reported by France's Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) as Apple had breached guidelines. "The DGCCRF has indeed shown that iPhone owners had not been informed that the updates of the iOS operating system (10.2.1 and 11.2) they installed were likely to slow down the operation of their device," it said in a statement, adding that Apple had "committed the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission".


Due to older iPhones experiencing slowdown, Apple added some offers for battery replacement for out of warranty (old) iPhone models in Australia from which normally costs $119, all the way down to $39. Nowadays it costs $79. Recently, the company has completed the same process in 2018's models are iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. If the software recognizes any heat, battery discharge or any other impedance, it will limit the performance of iPhone models.


In iOS 11.3, go to settings and check the health of battery and performance slowdown data is displayed that can be checked and users can decide if you want to enable it or not.

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