Italian anti-trust authority to investigate Apple and Samsung over planned obsolescence

Italian anti-trust authority to investigate Apple and Samsung over planned obsolescence
When Apple first admitted that it had throttled the CPU on iPhone models beginning with the iPhone 6, many thought that Apple was taking a cue from the auto industry and was using planned obsolescence to "force" current iPhone users to update to the latest handsets. As it turns out, the guys in Cupertino released an apology that explained why it had slowed down the processing speed of the iPhone 6 and later versions.

Apple claimed that the weaker battery powering affected models might not be able to provide the needed energy if the device was in the midst of performing a complex task. The result? The iPhone could shut down, forcing the user to reboot the handset. Apple is now named in 32 class action suits from U.S. based iPhone owners who accuse the manufacturer of installing software on their phone to throttle the CPU, without their knowledge.

But in Italy, the country's anti-trust authority is not so quick to dismiss the idea of planned obsolescence. In fact, besides investigating Apple, the agency also is going to take a look at Samsung. The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato made the announcement on its website, stating that both tech giants are accused of "unfair commercial practices." Italian consumers are claiming that both Apple and Samsung used software updates to slow down the performance of their handsets; they claim that this was done in an attempt to get owners to purchase one of their latest models sooner than they might have otherwise.


If Apple and Samsung are indeed pushing out software updates to slow the performance of their handsets without warning users, the Italian antitrust agency says that both companies could be violating several Consumer Codes. Both firms deny that they are involved in planned obsolescence with their smartphones.

source: AGCM (translated) via SlashGear

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11 Comments

10. Tipus

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

It appears that Galaxy phones tend to slow down Apple zombies' brains :)

12. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Everyone knows that Touchwiz in the past could be a lag fest. This doesn't equate specifically to intentional throttling. Nothing new that Samsung lag exists. I love all this damage control by the Apple shills to sway the attention away from their fruitcake company's vile and asinine tactics on their beloved isheeples by throttling the crap out of their lame fisher price toys they call phones so y'all can buy the new one that just came out. Real honest company there. Smh.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

To me every iteration of samsung update made the phone quicker not slow. That could be due to the fact that its wiping cache or there is a legitimate optimization being applied

25. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Italia in a nutshell. If any android phone push updates to slow down the perfomance and it will get caught directly long times ago. You cant hide anything such obvious like this without get caught. With iOS, Apple can do anything they want without anyone knowing, since its closed OS. With Android which are based on open source, you cant hide anything and with root everything will get revealed if do anything like this.

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