Italy Fines Apple 10 Million Euros for Throttling iPhones

Italy Fines Apple 10 Million Euros for Throttling iPhones

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The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) has fined both Apple and Samsung for releasing software updates that have significantly reduced the performance of their smartphones leading to accelerated consumer replacement. AGCM ascertained that Apple and Samsung were in violation of Articles 20, 21, 22 and 24 of the Consumer Code.

The two companies induced customers to download updates without adequately informing customers of the effect on their devices, nor providing a way to recover full functionality.

With respect to Apple, since September 2016, it has insistently suggested to consumers that had purchased an iPhone 6 (6/6Plus and 6s/6sPlus, marketed respectively from Autumn 2014 and 2015) to install the new operating system iOS 10, optimized for the next model iPhone7, without informing consumers of the greater energy demand of the new operating system and of possible inconveniences – in particular, sudden shutdowns - that such software update could cause. To limit the occurrence of such inconveniencies, Apple released, in February 2017, a new update (iOS 10.2.1), without warning consumers that its installation could reduce the speed of execution and functionality of devices. In addition, Apple did not offer any specific support measures for iPhones that had experienced such operating problems and were no longer covered by the legal warranty; only in December 2017 Apple provided for the possibility to replace batteries at a discounted price.

Furthermore, Apple also violated Article 22 of the Consumer Code as it had not provided customers with instructions on how to maintain, verify, and replace batteries in order to preserve full functionality of devices.

Samsung's violation involves the Note 4:

Samsung, since May 2016, has insistently suggested to consumers that had purchased Note 4 (marketed from September 2014), to install the new firmware based on the new Marshmallow version of Android, conceived for the new device Note 7, without informing them of the serious malfunctions that the new firmware could cause due to greater stress of device's hardware and asking a high repair cost for out-of-warranty repairs connected to such malfunctions.

Samsung has been fined 5 million euros for one violation and Apple has been fined 10 million euros (5 million for each violation).

Both companies will need to publish an amending declaration on their Italian websites detailing the Authority's resolution and a providing a link to its assessment decision.

Apple is facing around 60 class action lawsuits for slowing down the iPhone 6s. The company's remedy of offering discounted $29 battery replacements is set to expire on December 31, 2018. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.


Italy Fines Apple 10 Million Euros for Throttling iPhones

stevenlacross - October 25, 2018 at 5:40pm
For one, the battery shutdown on the 6s models wasn’t on purpose, it was a side effect that Apple didn’t know about, so they decided to keep it quit and fix it by slowing down the phones a little bit(not a lot) during the next software update(but only if the battery was bad), and then they decided about 3-4 months later to do the same thing for all iPhones but only if the battery was below 60-70% capacity(not current charge). That’s what alerted the tech industry and was able to find out about apples throttle to the cpu. But as far as Apple and Samsung releasing software updates that slow down their phones, that’s not entirely true. See when you update software(windows included) your doing so because your adding new features or fixing security holes, and that means the cpu has to run a little bit harder or faster to run those features or patches, anyway, batteries naturally get worse over time as well, so all phones seem like they are going slower and dying faster just because of the nature of battieres and software updates, it’s just not possibly to make a phone run better than it did when you got it new, you can make it run just as good if you never update it and get a new battery, but never better.
Neolm09 - October 24, 2018 at 5:51pm
F them for that, they deserved it.
nocci - October 24, 2018 at 4:39pm
Funny how AS.Samsung insulted Apple for an intentional slowdown over the battery at the time that couldn't be controlled when they to have been guilty of slowing down their devices to, but with software updates. Despite that though, what do we expect to happen when an operating system works the best when it's pre installed and future OS versions are likely made for the newest products. Of course the old will soon die, yet I'm still rockin' with my 5s that works with minor battery wear according to battery health (10% wear level).
charlydx21 - October 24, 2018 at 9:55pm
Really? Well while I’m with the latest iPhone, my Samsung friends are with their Galaxy 6 which is running the same speed as my X. Not fair that apple slowed down my previous devices in order to get apple sheeps to buy the latest model.
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