US government starts investigating Apple over iPhone slowdown issue

US government starts investigating Apple over iPhone slowdown issue
Apple has been hit with many lawsuits after it was discovered the US company throttles down the performance of certain iPhone models to prolong battery life. Not even the fact that Apple promised to lift this performance limit and offer battery replacements for just $29 stopped the negative feedback.

Now it looks like Apple may have another problem to deal with if the recent investigation by US Department of Justice (DoJ) escalates. Bloomberg reports DoJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission are now looking to find evidence on whether or not Apple has violated securities laws when it throttled down older iPhone models.

Sources familiar with the matter claim the US government has already requested details from Apple, so the investigation hasn't yet escalated and might not be enforced further if DoJ doesn't think it's worth pursuing.

Apple confirmed that its smartphones ranging from the iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s Plus have had their performance throttled down in order to preserve battery life for longer times.

The US company apologized and said it's taking steps to “regain the trust” of its customers by offering a $50 discount on battery purchase and removing the performance limit via an iOS update.

source: Bloomberg

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26 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Ahh the smell of justice

12. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Apple already prepared for this. They built the world largest doughnut office with a gigantic hole in the middle ready to burry themself in.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

1st trillion dollars company dream just hit a brick wall. More innovative with compel reason to upgrade, not courage stuff with more accessories.

2. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

If anything, they will get a slap on the wrist and all will be forgotten and forgiven in a few months. I would say six months at most.

5. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yeah true. Just like lobbyists. Hey Congress, here's a couple million. Keep the change.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

People spend learn cold heart money for the phone it won’t be forget, the only way forget is migrants to another brand.

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Truth it it will be less than a slap on the wrist. The US government needs Apple. They vetoed Apple products from getting banned

3. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow. Us citizens, other countries, & now the US Government. Da da daaaaaaa!!

9. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Yet people still pay $30 for the battery because it's a "good deal." Bunch of idiots owning iPhones nowadays

4. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No charges will ever be filed against Apple on American soil. They're always going to be protected no matter what the case is.

6. jaytee921

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2018

They should give a free iphone 8 or iphone x for everyone that has iphone 6 or 7 because they said they will start throttling iphone 7 in ios 11.2! I want a free iphone!

8. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

You created an account to comment this?

15. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

What a joke. Are they going to investigate every pc makee and microsoft because pcs slow down after a couple years? This is a witch hunt

16. mclaren113

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Microsoft didn't deliberately slowed down PCs it's just old hardware can't run new software properly..unlike apple who deliberately slow down iphones!!

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You're PC doesn't receive an update from Microsoft that intentionally reduces performance to keep your defective battery from rebooting your computer.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is a difference between an older device being slower than a new device, and a company intentionally slowing a device down in a little as one year. The former is a natural thing, the latter is shady as hell.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whether charges get filed against Apple or not over this, the bigger issue (to me) for Apple is that they are going to take a hit with the public’s trust if there is any evidence that Apple throttles older iPhones on purpose. All companies need to be transparent, especially with the buying public, no matter which company it is.

19. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I couldn't agree more!

24. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The proof has already been produced, and Apple has confessed.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

But there have still been no charges filed by the U.S. government, and there may never be. All I’m saying is with Apple being investigated/sued by multiple sources over this, should they lose a case and be fined, they will take a huge hit regarding the buying public trust.

20. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

This is good, despite I’m an apple user I think apple needs to be slapped really bad for doing this, this misbehavior can’t be tolerated in any company

21. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

If anything at least we should get a choice of throttled with software revision. So far no issues with mine. You did wrong Apple. Get back on track.

22. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

This will not go far, Apple is really smart.... it will somehow turn this whole situation to its advantage

25. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

They already have by supplying millions of batteries which costs them around $10 fitted into the customers phone. Around $20 profit for every cell changed. Customer is now happy their iPhone is back to normal. Apple is happy they are profiting from their own monumental f*$k up, they could actually make more than enough profit to cover the class action lawsuits lol.

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