Following news that the US Department of Justice has allegedly opened an investigation into Apple's practice of throttling iPhones with ageing batteries, the company is speaking out.
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Prosecutors in South Korea's capital of Seoul said on Friday that they plan to investigate allegations tech giant Apple deliberately slowed down older models of iPhone to push customers towards purchasing pricier newer versions, the Korea Herald reported.
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Apple has finally recognised that it will have to do more to calm customers' ire after admitting to, and then apologizing for slowing down their old iPhones. In a letter my mother would have said was "passive aggressive" and "not really apologetic at all" had I written it, Apple wrote: "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologise." To that end, the company has slashed the price of battery replacements for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 devices from $US80 to $US30.
Earlier this week, Apple admitted that it is deliberately throttling the performance of older iPhones running newer versions of iOS, explaining that artificially limiting the speed of those devices was necessary to prevent ageing lithium ion batteries from failing. While users have long suspected the slowdowns were intended to cajole them into upgrading their phones to a newer, more expensive model, Apple says it is just trying to smooth out power draw on the batteries to prevent them from randomly shutting down.