Apple Fined For Slowing Down Old iPhones.
According to the recent news reported on BBC’s official website page, it states that Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down the older iPhone models without making things clear to its customers.
This fine as it was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, it was said that consumers were not warned about this.
As confirmed by Apple in 2017, the iPhone company states that it did slow down some iPhones, but said it only did so as to “prolong the life” of the devices.
In a statement disclosed by Apple, it said that it had resolved the issue with the watchdog.
Why Does Apple Slow Down Old iPhones?
No one might know the reason why Apple will try to slow down old iPhones though but many of their customers had long suspected that Apple solved down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade when a new one was released.
Apple confirmed it did slow down some models as they aged, but not to encourage people to upgrade in 2017.
According to Apple, the lithium-ion batteries in the devices became less capable of supplying peak current demands, as they aged over time.
That could cause an iPhone to shut down unexpectedly to protect its electronic components.
In such, Apple released an update for software on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE which “smoothed out” battery performance.
The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests Reddit, suggesting that their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged, but had suddenly speeded up again after the battery had been replaced.
What did the regulator say?
In conclusion by the French watchdog, discloses that iPhone owners “were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices”.
This as a results, Apple must display a notice on its French-language website for a month as part of the agreement.
Does Apple Still Slow Down Older iPhones?
The answer to this is Yes!
Since Apple confirmed the practice in 2017, it’s implemented it on several more iPhones that include:
- 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
With this, the setting is only enabled when the battery begins to degrade, and iOS now gives clearer information to consumers about when performance management has been switched on.
In summary, Apple declared to its users that, the effects of the performance management on some of these answers may be less. “The effects of performance management on these newer models may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design,” Apple said.