Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence' of older iPhones

French consumer fraud watchdog opens investigation into Apple

French watchdog launches probe into Apple over 'alleged deception and planned obsolescence'

The French investigation is being led by the economy ministry's consumer protection agency.

Apple acknowledged last month that it takes some measures to reduce power demands, which can have the effect of slowing the processor, in some older iPhone models. To avoid its sudden shutdown, the corporation has made changes to the IOS operating system that slow down the performance of certain resource-scarce functions.

FRENCH REGULATORS have launched an investigation into Apple following revelations that the firm is deliberately slowing down older iPhones.

In numerous lawsuits from the United States, Israel and South Korea, Apple has been accused of "planned obsolescence" - a widely shared conspiracy theory among iPhone users that the iPhone maker shortens the phone's life to pressure customers to upgrade.

France has notoriously strict laws against planned Obsolescence, Reuters says that companies found guilty of "shortening the life of their products to spur demand to replace them" risk fines of up to 5 percent of their annual sales.

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Apple strongly denied engaging in the practice in a statement issued December 28, a week after its initial admission about slowing down phones.

Hop said France was the third country to investigate Apple after Israel and the USA, but the only one in which the alleged offence was a crime.

The group alleged that Apple had both deliberately slowed down some iPhone models through a software update and timed the update to coincide with the release of the newer model, the iPhone 8. "Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that". The Guardian reports that the probe "could take months", after which the case could be dropped or handed to a judge for an in-depth investigation.

France won't be the only country looking for answers from the Cupertino tech giant.

Apple has said that it slowed batteries in order to lengthen the lifetime of its products, and that it would be replacing the batteries of all iPhone 6 and later devices if customers requested.

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