Yesterday, Apple confirmed that US government agencies have questioned the tech company about forcing software updates on iPhones which ultimately slow older phones down. This is just another in a series of blows which questions their morals.
It’s been known for a while know that Apple, do in fact, push out updates which primarily slow non-current iPhone models to a nearly unusable speed. Apple consciously throttled the speed of every iPhone which was not the 8, 8 Plus or X when the phones were released last year. Software sensed when the battery power was low or when the battery was old, forcing the older-model phone to become even slower. A lot of people noticed the dramatic changes when they updated their iOS.
The spokeswoman for Apple, Trudy Muller, has said: “We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them. Interestingly enough, she did not say which specific government group or agency they were in discussion with.
We already know at least one governmental organization that wants to speak with Apple regarding their practices. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, based in the US, have reportedly asked Apple for information regarding the software update from last January, in which many users felt their iPhones had become slower. A report from Bloomberg suggests that they’re looking into whether Apple may have violated security laws by pushing out the update.
The Justice Department has not yet responded to any questions about their investigation.
In a statement not too long ago, and in an effort to establish transparency, Apple said that a software update in the spring will allow iPhone users to see if the power throttling function is on or not, in addition to being able to control certain settings.
As new information regarding the investigation is released, follow ifans.com for the latest updates.