Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.
The fine was imposed because Apple’s older iPhone users were not informed about the potential slowdown that future updates would eventually cause to the phone.
The report mentioned that the Lithium-ion batteries used in iPhones are incapable of delivering peak current demands in cold conditions.
The report of DGCCRF comes in the aftermath of an earlier confirmation by Apple where the Cupertino-based company admitted the fact that it does slow down older iPhones, but only to “prolong the life” of the devices.
Many customers had long suspected that Apple slowed down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade when a new one was released.
In 2017, the company confirmed it did slow down some models as they aged, but not to encourage people to upgrade. It said the lithium-ion batteries in the devices became less capable of supplying peak current demands, as they aged over time.
That could result in an iPhone unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
So, it released a software update for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE which “smoothed out” battery performance.
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Apple has implemented this practice on several iPhones. According to the DGCCRF report, these older iPhone models are prone to getting slower due to the updates:
iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 7
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