If you’ve bought an iPhone within the last couple of years you may have noticed that as the new software updates come along, your phone becomes slower and slower.
While this theory has been around for a while, Apple has finally chosen to speak out on the matter. It turns out that the conspiracy is actually true.
It was found that with the new software the battery is made to slow down and with that comes a generally slower phone.
This has come after several lawsuits were filed against the company for purposefully slowing down older models in order to incentivise buying the new models.
Under regulations that came out in 2015 – it’s illegal to sell products that are made to fail, even over time. They also made a point of highlighting how wasteful this cycle is and how it could be stopped. The campaign group who have brought these charges have stated that breaching the law could mean jail sentences of up to two years for executives, and fines of up to €300,000 (£270,000) as well as 5% of a company’s turnover.
It’s one of the most high profile cases of criminal charges being brought against the corporate giant. Apple already has ongoing civil suits in Israel and the US.
This latest, however,r comes from France. It will be up to the French authorities to decided whether to take this further.
In response, Apple has chosen to apologise – and have also cut the price of battery replacements. By $50 – going from $79 to $29.
They said in a statement addressed to their customers:
First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. 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
They also added further that they would be looking into ways to fix this ongoing issue:
As always, our team is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.
Meanwhile, other tech giants have jumped at the opportunity to make the most of the recent publicity. Samsung and LG both released statements about how they ‘unlike Apple’ do not use their new operating systems to slow down their older models.