Apple has already announced that with iOS 11.3 will arrive the definitive solution for their slowing iPhone problem. Before that, they announced a special replacement program with which changing the battery of our device for a new one will be more affordable than usual. In the meantime, investigations regarding the company continue. Now, it is the Department of Justice of the US together with the Securities and Exchange Commission who are investigating the problem.
After months of suspicion, the Cupertino company has admitted that they have slowed down their iPhones —some of them—. According to their explanation, this measure was taken because of the weakening of the ion lithium batteries that they use, in favor of the users’ experience. As the batteries weaken, the phones’ performance weakens, so they considered reducing the velocity of the processor —its maximum clock frequency— to avoid problems with restarts or shut downs, for example. But they didn’t inform users about it.
The United States joins the investigation of Apple and its slowing down of its older iPhones
According to Bloomberg, at the moment the investigation is in an early phase, but is studying whether the Cupertino company did something against the law or not, when it slowed down its devices. In other countries, there are also investigations about possible planned obsolescence. And in other countries, similar processes have already begun against Apple and other manufacturers of smartphones. Regarding this, although Apple has given explanations, they have denied ‘cutting short’ the life of their units.
One of the biggest problems that Apple faces is the suspicion that the slowdowns have been a way of ‘channeling’ in favor of their newer units. That is to say, a form of planned obsolescence as part of a strategy to make the users replace their old phones with whichever of the new models are being marketed. Whatever the case may be, they are being investigated in various countries, and little by little the different conclusions will become known in legal terms.