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France Fines Apple $41 Million For Secretly Slowing Old iPhones. Did Apple Have Nefarious Intent?

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posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 02:09 PM
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For those of you who own an older iPhone, you may have already known about this problem. This problem was discovered back in 2017, when it was discovered that Apple had secretly updated the software on older iPhone devices, that purposely limited their performance.

After being called out for this deceptive move, Apple apologized and offered an explanation as to why they did this. They stated that older iPhones were slowed down in order to protect them from a higher risk of battery drain. The problem, of course, was Apple's lack of transparency, since iPhone owners had no idea that the updates would slow down the operation of their device.

A French consumer watchdog fined Apple $41 Million dollars for committing "the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission.”


The French consumer watchdog has fined Apple €25 million euro ($41 million) for its lack of transparency in deliberately slowing down older devices. The iPhone-maker has previously admitted to the practice, and apologised for not informing customers.


Evidence first emerged in 2017 that Apple had used a software update to limit the performance of older iPhones, feeding into a long-held conspiracy theory that the company intentionally slowed devices as they aged to encourage consumers to upgrade.

www.theage.com.au...

This wasn't the first time Apple was fined for deceptive practices involving their iPhones. From 2018:


An Australian court fined electronics giant Apple $9 million Australian ($6.7 million US) on Tuesday after a regulator accused it of using a software update to disable iPhones that had cracked screens fixed by third parties.


The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued the world’s biggest company by market value for “bricking” — or using a software update to disable — hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices, then refusing to unlock them if the devices had been serviced by non-Apple repairers.

nypost.com...

So, do you believe Apple's reason for their software update? Why not inform their customers of this? Apple did not disclose this information because they knew damn well that people would get angry. Probably the best comment I read concerning this situation is posted below.

"Imagine buying a new car with a v8. A year later, the manufacturer sneaks into your driveway at night and replaces your v8 with a 4-cylinder without telling you. Eventually they tell you what they did, and that they were worried about your gas mileage. Then they tell you about a new v8 car you can buy right now."

Apple wants their customers to continually upgrade their iPhones every several years in order to please their stockholders. The trouble is, even though a new generation iPhone comes with improved tech, it comes with a much higher cost to the consumer. Yet, people love their iPhones and are willing to stand in line to purchase a new, more expensive model every couple of years.






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posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 02:17 PM
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a reply to: shawmanfromny

Of course they had nefarious intent. The intent being the ultimate in planned obsolescence, a subscription model for phones, computers, tablets, etc.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 02:39 PM
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Did Apple Have Nefarious Intent?

Obviously. They have a long history of doing #ty, greedy things like this, like soldering the RAM onto the PC motherboards so that instead of simply replacing it yourself, you had to send the entire computer to them to be "serviced" for an exorbitant fee. Apple is a terrible company, and as someone who has no particular issue with capitalism, I have to say that Apple is the epitome of capitalist greed.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 02:48 PM
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originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: shawmanfromny

Of course they had nefarious intent. The intent being the ultimate in planned obsolescence, a subscription model for phones, computers, tablets, etc.

Does anybody -- and I mean even 1 single person -- doubt that Apple had nefarious intent?

Apple's entire business model is built around planned obsolescence: Pressuring people into spending too much money for a phone, and then replacing that phone way sooner than is necessary.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 02:55 PM
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originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: shawmanfromny

Of course they had nefarious intent. The intent being the ultimate in planned obsolescence, a subscription model for phones, computers, tablets, etc.


No, they are looking out for your interest of course because they want to be secure yourself with their latest technology. And their encryption is uncrackable, so if you want to protect yourself from uncle sugar spying and prying be sure you use an iphone. Take everything i said and assume the opposite is the truth. This is how government controlled media operates.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 05:26 PM
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originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: shawmanfromny

Of course they had nefarious intent. The intent being the ultimate in planned obsolescence, a subscription model for phones, computers, tablets, etc.


iPhone and iPads are well made products, why buy a new one unless your old one is dying. If Apple makes it die quicker it would increase sales.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 05:36 PM
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originally posted by: Nickn3

originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: shawmanfromny

Of course they had nefarious intent. The intent being the ultimate in planned obsolescence, a subscription model for phones, computers, tablets, etc.


iPhone and iPads are well made products, why buy a new one unless your old one is dying. If Apple makes it die quicker it would increase sales.


Thats the point. Iphones and iPads are only good as long as they can be updated. No updates, but fine otherwise? It's a brick and needs to be replaced. Even though technically... it's fine.

They're intentionally bricking devices so people will replace them.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 06:00 PM
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originally posted by: trollz
I have to say that Apple is the epitome of capitalist greed.

That title has to go to Google. I like pulling for the underdog and when Google finally took over the dominant position in mobile phones, I switch to Apple.

I would say that Apple is the epitome of corporate America. They really want to make products in order to make piles of money.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 06:03 PM
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Samsung does that too. I was told by a dealer that the big update last fall was partially designed to run the battery down fast so you would buy a new phone. It killed our phones' batteries. I was pissed because I did not want to buy a phone, I like not having a payment.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 11:44 PM
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That's how it works. You could still be using an IPhone 1 if they didn't design it to take a # via the forced update.



posted on Feb, 11 2020 @ 11:48 PM
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how we get one of those bad ass illegal Hauwei phones?


oh yeah Amazon duh.



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