Apple faces more scrutiny over iPhone slowdowns in South Korea, Italy

Apple faces more scrutiny over iPhone slowdowns in South Korea, Italy

Apple faces more scrutiny over iPhone slowdowns in South Korea, Italy

A slash in battery prices followed the company's apology last month, with the admittance leading to the US Senate contacting Apple.

Late past year Apple admitted the existence of an iOS power management feature after a Geekbench test found a connection between iPhone performance and battery age while investigating a post from a Reddit user, who had found that an iPhone became faster after replacing the battery.

But in Korea, prosecutors just took the whole thing to a new level, announcing a formal investigation of Apple's alleged planned obsolescence practices. He also said that it is "reasonable" to give replacement batteries at low prices rather than being given free of charge, because "most people expect to get a new battery at some point".

However, Apple said it doesn't do "anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades". Senator John Thune, R-South Dakota, sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter with questions about Apple's slowdown feature and its transparency, and requested answers by January 23. In 2017, with iOS 11.2, Apple made the same update to iPhone7 devices.

"And so, we deeply apologize for anybody that thinks we had some other kind of motivation", he added. The group also represents 120 plaintiffs in a separate civil damage suit filed earlier this month. It said that the technology company has conducted "destruction of property" and "fraud".

In a statement, the watchdog said the two companies pushed software updates to phones "without reporting the possible consequences" of the update and without information to maintain the performance they were promoted as having when they were sold. Cook criticised the Obama-era tax plans saying that he "never thought" that the old tax system was "good for the United States".

Following the accusation of battery-related iPhone performance problems, Apple has started offering battery replacements for affected models for $29 - a discount of $50 from the usual battery replacement cost of $79. Apple apologized, introduced a cheaper battery replacement program, and revealed that a future iOS 11 release would give the user the ability to toggle iPhone slowdowns, as well as keep tabs on the health of the battery. "This hasn't been done before".

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