In 2017, Apple admitted it was slowing down some iPhones so it could “prolong the life” of these devices. The Cupertino-based company has now been fined 25 million euros ($27m) by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF
For deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without informing its market beforehand.
Normally, when a smartphone reaches its shelf-life, its starts showing signs of deterioration, this is however different in iPhones as it was done deliberately by Apple even on recent model such as the iPhone Xs Max.
Which iPhone Models Have Apple Slowed Down?
It should be noted Apple does not kickstart this process when a new iPhone comes out, the process only kicks in when the iPhone battery begins to degrade. Apple started implementing this in 2017 and the models affected so far are:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone X on iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr on iOS 13.1 or higher
According to Apple, “The effects of performance management on these newer models may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design“.
Apple is guilty of committing “the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission” according to DGCCRF and has agreed to pay the fine and display a notice on its website for one month in French language.
The slowing down was first confirmed by a Reddit user after performing a series of test suggesting the iPhone 6S had slowed down with age. The phone, however, got back to optimum performance after the owner changed the battery.