Apple ordered to pay $11.1 million for slowing down its iPhones in Italy


Apple loses a case in Italy on slowing down its iPhones, fined $11.1 million

Apple has been repeatedly denying about that slowing down the iPhone is done purposely. The company that implemented the secret iPhone throttling In 2017 has lost an appeal in Italy and is now forced to pay a €10 million fine ($11.1 million). The Cupertino-based tech giant was originally sued in 2018 and the company actually lost the legal dispute later the same year, with an Italian court setting a fine of €10 million.

How did Apple throttle the iPhones? The company in 2017 implemented a secret iPhone throttling feature for iPhones that were used for over a year or more. The feature forced the tasks to implement slowly and made the entire system work slowly. Due to the performance slowdown, some purchased new iPhones and that must be the ultimate goal of the company.

Unsurprisingly, Apple quickly appealed the decision but as discovered recently, a new court ruling in late May upholds the decision and requires the company to pay the fine. Apple explained that the performance throttling was used to handle battery degradation, as cutting down the performance of the device allowed for increased autonomy even in the case of aging batteries.

After the issue been raised last year Apple admitted the change and launched a battery replacement program for iPhones with a discounted price of $29, down from $79. Apple also implemented more battery health information in iOS, allowing users to disable performance throttling should the degradation level reach a point where it would be required. Battery servicing is recommended once the health level drops below 80 percent.

“This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again,” the message displayed on every iPhone under the “Battery Health” section reads.

Well, it is quite difficult for the company right now as they have been forced to pay $11.1 million, and why not? the company with a huge user base cannot force its devices to be slow and make its customers unhappy. What’s your take on the case? Do mention it in the comment section below. To stay updated on Tech and Cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here


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