A French fraud watchdog has imposed a 25 million euros fine on Apple for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to customers.
The watchdog, DGCCRF, said Apple slowed down the iPhones without warning customers.
In 2017, Apple admitted that it did slow down some iPhones, but said it only did so to “prolong the life” of the devices.
It said the lithium-ion batteries in the devices became less capable of supplying peak current demands, as they aged over time.
That could result in an iPhone unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
So, it released a software update for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE which “smoothed out” battery performance.
Apple said in a statement that it had resolved the issue with the watchdog.
But DGCCRF said iPhone owners “were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices”.
As part of the agreement, Apple must display a notice on its French-language website for a month.
It says Apple “committed the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission” and had agreed to pay the fine.