France fines Apple for 25 million euros

Apple has been fined € 25 million by a French group of fraud to the consumer to have intentionally slowed some models of the iPhone with a software update.

The directorate-general of Competition, consumption and repression of fraud (DGCCRF), which is part of the ministry of economy of the country, has concluded that Apple did not inform users that updates to iOS, on iPhone older, they could slow down their devices.


The DGCCRF has revealed the decision in a press release Friday:

“Following an investigation by the directorate-general of Competition, consumption and repression of fraud (DGCCRF) and after the agreement of the public prosecutor of Paris, the group, Apple has agreed to pay a fine of 25 million euro in the context of a criminal operation .

“Taken on 5 January 2018 by the public Prosecutor of Paris to investigate the complaint of an association against Apple, the DGCCRF has shown that the owners of the” iPhone “were not informed that the updates of the iOS operating system (10.2.1 and 11.2) installed could slow down the operation of their device.

“These updates are released in 2017, included a dynamic device power management that, in certain conditions and especially when the batteries were old, could slow down the operation of the models of the iPhone 6, 7, and IF.”

Apple, in 2017, it said that slowing down intentionally some iPhone less recent with batteries degraded during periods of peak energy consumption in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

When the controversy over the slowdown of the iPhone was at its height, Apple apologized for his lack of communication, and has offered affected customers a reduced price for replacement of the battery of their device. The company has always maintained that the features are designed to preserve the life of an iPhone for as long as possible and have not been implemented to force updates.

That said, Apple has accepted an agreement with the public ministry of the French to pay the fine of 25 million euros, and to publish a press release on its Web site for a month.