Apple has been fined some €10 Million ($11.4M) for their throttling of older iPhones and for not clearly explaining it to consumers. The fine came from Italy’s anti-trust watchdog group and came after user complaints that software updates slowed down older devices.
The group also fined Samsung €5 Million ($5.7M) for the same behavior but Apple earned an extra fine for not clearly explaining what it was doing to Italian consumers.
According to Reuters, the anti-trust body said in a statement that some Apple and Samsung firmware updates “had caused serious dysfunctions and reduced performance significantly, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them”.
The saga behind #BatteryGate began back with iOS 10.2.1 when older iPhones were slowed down because of shorter battery life. Apple confirmed this and explained why they were doing this, but it was after the fact. Many interpreted Apple’s actions as a move to get people to update to newer iPhone models, a claim Apple has denied.
The company, in efforts to regain trust, added the Battery Health feature in iOS 11.2 and even offered deeply discounted battery replacements on older devices (which can still be taken advantage of through the rest of this year).
The #BatteryGate saga is far from over for the Cupertino tech giant. Ongoing investigations here in the US by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) continue and more fines could be coming to Apple.