"Apple needs to let consumers know that the system update could slow down their iPhones and leave the choice to consumers", Xinhua quoted Tang Jiansheng, deputy secretary-general of the consumer council as saying. Apple began replacing the batteries after backlash from customers who noticed that Apple had started to throttle the speeds of the phones, making them feel slower.
But in Korea, prosecutors just took the whole thing to a new level, announcing a formal investigation of Apple's alleged planned obsolescence practices.
The Italian authority said the two smartphone makers are suspected of engaging in "a general commercial policy taking advantage of the lack of certain components to curb the performance times of their products and induce consumers to buy new versions".More news: UN African Ambassadors Take Issue With Trump's Reported Racist Comments
On Dec. 28, a week after Apple first admitted to the slowdown, the company apologized and offered cheaper battery replacements.
In the midst of for older iPhone models, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that in an upcoming update will allow users to disable battery performance throttling on their devices. The number of lawsuits has swelled from 32 a fortnight ago to 45 in the USA today, according to Patently Apple. To make up for what it had done, Apple sliced 63% off the price of a battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and later, cutting the price to $29 from $79 for the remainder of the year. The class actions have piled up despite Apple's attempt to placate the public.
Apple, of course, has advanced to the substantive justification of the practice, but that has not been able to soften impressions. With the update, Cook said, "We're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it's very, very transparent - this hasn't been done before".More news: Federer, Djokovic, Kerber, Halep, Osaka advance at Australian Open
Cook explained the feature in an interview with ABC World News Tonight yesterday. "We will tell somebody we are reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart, and if you don't want it, you can turn it off", Cook added.
Italy's antitrust body said on Thursday it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used software updates to slow their mobile phones and push clients into buying new handsets.More news: Australia Open 2018: Novak Djokovic shrugs off injury scare to advance