US Govt investigating Apple for slowing down old iPhones

Apple Pushes Back Some Key iPhone Software Features

The United States DOJ and SEC are reportedly investigating an Apple software update with a power management feature that can slow down older iPhones.

Bloomberg reports the government has requested information from the company, and the inquiry is still in early stages, sources cautioned, meaning that it's too soon to conclude if any enforcement will follow.

As we told our clients in December we have never - and would never - do anything to deliberately shorten the lifespan of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer updates.

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When the phone was released in November Apple expected tomake 40 million units in the first quarter of 2018, but these figures have had to be drastically reduced because of its poor reception and slow sales in Europe, the USA and China.

"The full results for the last quarter of the year show that Apple's decision to release three new handsets over a staggered period, including the ultra high-end iPhone X, has been a sound one". Apple also announced a software update in the upcoming iOS that will allow users to check on their iPhone's battery health and give them the option to turn off the slowdowns. Apple may sell 16 million fewer iPhones this year, and lose $10.29 billion in sales, as customers choose to replace batteries instead of replacing their iPhones, investment bank Barclays estimated. It has also promised to include a new feature in its next operating system update that lets users check the health of their iPhone's battery. We can expect from the company to come up with the official statement on this in the coming weeks. This growth helped Apple receive a boost in the loyalty for its iOS, with a new record of 96 percent in the US. For the most part, though, Apple wants to make iPhones more responsive.

Most of the lawsuits have been filed in federal court in San Jose, California, but litigation over the software updates is also pending in other federal courts across the country.

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Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, criticized the company's lack of communication in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The investigation is by no means a sign Apple definitely did something wrong, more so an examination as to whether anything underhanded occurred at all.

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