After a consumer group in France filed a complaint against Apple regarding iPhone slowdown, French prosecutors have now opened an investigation regarding the matter.
This latest lawsuit comes as the US tech giant earlier last year admitted that it deliberately slows down iPhone to provide stable battery life as Lithium ion batteries tend to degrade over time.
Shortly after the admission, several consumer groups filed lawsuits against Apple and the French consumer group Halte a l’Obsolescence Programmee, filed the lawsuit back on December 27th of last year. The consumer support group at the moment said that Apple’s move was part of planned obsolescence in order to increase sales figures of iPhones.
However, Apple later claimed that the company wants its customers to use their devices as long as possible. At the time, the company released a statement saying, “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrade. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”
In the same statement, the company also introduced its battery replacement programs for affected users. While the cost of Apple’s battery replacement program was priced at $79, shortly afterwards, the company cut the charge down to $29.