As many had suspected over the years and confirmed in 2017, Apple has purposely been slowing down old models of their iPhones, and now they’re paying for it.
While the tech giant originally claimed that older devices were slowing down due to updates, saving battery life, and hardware capacity, the issue persisted to the point where a French probe was launched to look into what became a customer consent matter. The findings of said investigation determined that Apple’s initial lack of transparency breached its guidelines, and fined them €25 million euro ($41 million).
“The DGCCRF [France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention] 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,” the investigative force said in a statement, adding that the company had “committed the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission.”
While $41 million is not the biggest hit for Apple over the years, they’ve responded with iOS 11.3, with a section in Settings that displays the battery health and whether performance has been slowed due to age, allowing users to turn off throttling if they so choose.