Apple Being Investigated Over Dodgy Battery Strategy
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have not said whether they are set to take action against Apple after hundreds of consumers claimed that their iPhones were slowed down without their authority, some say to try and force a sale of a new device.
Last night Israel’s consumer protection bureau came out and confirmed that it is investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones.
A spokesman at the Authority said it had the power to levy significant fines in civil proceedings, but that it was too early to discuss such a possibility.
Apple has declined to comment.
Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows phones with weak batteries. It apologised and cut the price of battery replacements for affected phones.
Critics say Apple has obfuscated the fact that a worn-out battery not only fails to hold a charge but also degrades the phone’s performance – and that this lack of transparency has pushed people to buy a new phone rather than a new battery.
Government agencies in countries ranging from Brazil to France and Italy to South Korea are also investigating Apple following complaints.