Tech & Science Israeli agency investigating Apple over handling of iPhone slowdown

18:38  10 april  2018
18:38  10 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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a person posing for the camera: Silhouette of mobile user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo in this picture illustration © REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Silhouette of mobile user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo in this picture illustration Israel's consumer protection bureau said on Tuesday it was investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones.

The Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority said in a statement it had questioned the head of Apple in Israel, Rony Friedman.

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The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are said to be investigating Apple over the slowdown of its older iPhone models. Apple told Bloomberg on Tuesday it had been contacted by US government agencies , while it is also under similar

Late last year, Apple confirmed that iPhones with older batteries were being intentionally slowed down as the devices' batteries aged in order to prevent further performance issues. Since then, the company has received considerable backlash over the lack of transparency in how this information was

A spokesman for Apple in Israel declined to comment.

Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows phones with weak batteries. It apologised and cut the price of battery replacements for affected phones.

Critics say Apple has obfuscated the fact that a worn-out battery not only fails to hold a charge but also degrades the phone's performance - and that this lack of transparency has pushed people to buy a new phone rather than a new battery.

Government agencies in countries ranging from Brazil to France and Italy to South Korea are also investigating Apple following complaints.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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