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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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    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.

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