France: Apple Fined $27.4 Million For iPhone-Slowing Software

Published February 9th, 2020 - 12:59 GMT
France: Apple Fined $27.4 Million For iPhone-Slowing Software
Apple said it welcomed the accord with the DGCCRF, which will allow it to avoid a potentially embarrassing public trial. (Shutterstock)
Highlights
IPhone owners were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices,” the DGCCRF anti-fraud agency said in a statement.

 Critics accused the firm of surreptitiously forcing users to buy phones sooner than necessary, and the outcry forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer steep discounts on battery replacements. French prosecutors opened an inquiry in January 2018 at the request of the Halt Planned Obsolescence (HOP) association.

“IPhone owners were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices,” the DGCCRF anti-fraud agency said in a statement. “This is a historic victory against scandalous ready- trubbish practices, for consumers as well as the environment,” HOP co-founders Laetitia Vasseur and Samuel Sauvage said, adding that they will consider filing claims for additional damages for iPhone clients.

Apple said it welcomed the accord with the DGCCRF, which will allow it to avoid a potentially embarrassing public trial. “Our goal has always been to create secure products appreciated by our clients, and making iPhones that last as long as possible is an important part of Apple didn’t tell buyers that updates could slow down their iPhone that.”


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