Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Apple responds to USgovernment probe into iPhone speed throttling

Apple responds to USgovernment probe into iPhone speed throttling

USA prosecutors and the country's stock market regulator are examining Apple's admitted practise of purposefully slowing down older iPhones to extend battery life, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The Apple spokesperson added: "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".

Last month, omnipotent tech corporation Apple admitted that it had indeed been slowing down performance in older iPhones, blaming certain demands on lithium-ion batteries "which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components". In a statement Wednesday, Apple confirmed receiving government inquiries, but did not specify from which agencies.

We sought to further enhance the customer experience in December by announcing a significant reduction on replacement batteries for specific iPhones.

Last week, Apple announced that its next update, iOS 11.3, that will launch this spring will include a feature allowing users to choose to slow down processors to prevent unexpected shutdowns. They claim that they were tricked by the company into believing their phones were close to the end of their life cycle, which forced them to buy new phones or pay up to $80 for a replacement battery.

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"The good news is that Apple will be more transparent about iPhone battery health and performance in the future, but for now, it'll have to deal with the DOJ and SEC".

It plans to release a software update later this year that will let people turn off the iPhone-slowing feature. "The iPhone X, which went on sale in November, comes in $999 and $1,149 configurations, at least $150 more than any iPhone starting price that came before it".

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. has asked the Karnataka government for additional land near Bengaluru to expand its capacity to make Apple's iPhones in India, a minister said. At the time, Apple didn't communicate the slowdown in the update's patch notes.

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

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