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France Investigates Apple for Slowing Down Old iPhones

In France, it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers replace it

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    Apple recently admitted it slowed down older iPhones when new operating systems or phones were available. (Published Monday, Jan. 8, 2018)

    French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets.

    The Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday a probe was opened last week and is led by the French body in charge of fraud control, which is part of the finance ministry.

    It follows a legal complaint filed in December by a French consumer rights group that aims to stop intentional obsolescence of goods by companies.

    In France, it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers replace it.

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    Apple apologized in December for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.

    Lawsuits against the company have been filed in the U.S. and Israel.