PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older variations of its handsets.
The Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated Tuesday a probe was opened final week over alleged “deception and deliberate obsolescence” of some Apple merchandise. It is led by the French physique answerable for fraud management, which is a part of the finance ministry.
It follows a authorized grievance filed in December by a French shopper rights group that goals to cease intentional obsolescence of products by firms.
In France it’s unlawful to deliberately shorten the lifespan of a product so as to encourage clients substitute it. A 2015 regulation makes it a criminal offense, with penalties of as much as two years in jail and fines of as much as 5 p.c of the corporate’s annual turnover.
Apple apologized in December for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a transfer it stated was essential to keep away from surprising shutdowns associated to battery fatigue.
The firm stated on its web site “we’ve got by no means — and would by no means — do something to deliberately shorten the lifetime of any Apple product, or degrade the person expertise to drive buyer upgrades.”
Lawsuits towards the corporate have been filed within the U.S. and Israel.
The French shopper rights group, referred to as HOP, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 27. It claims Apple slowed down older smartphones so as to make purchasers purchase the brand new iPhone eight, which was launched available on the market across the similar time, in accordance with HOP’s written assertion.