Apple faces a probe from USA authorities over older iPhone performance throttling

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The probe comes after reports a year ago revealed Apple was deliberately slowing older iPhone models through software updates.

"We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them", an Apple spokeswoman said.

Apple's iPhone slowdown scandal has turned into a matter of federal interest as United States agencies begin to conduct probes, Bloomberg reported.

After 50 class actions filed against Apple for slowing older iPhones through an iOS update and three senators demanding Apple respond to their letters on the matter, it was public that the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have begun an investigation into the matter.

The agencies are looking for any possible violation of securities laws, but have not yet determined whether there was wrongdoing, according to a report from Bloomberg on Tuesday.

The 1 lakh rupee flagship from Apple seems to have an uncertain fate as earlier reports suggested shutting down of production in the coming months.

In January, Apple was caught purposefully slowing the speeds of iPhones in an effort to help preserve ageing batteries. However, Apple doesn't recommend doing so since it can cause unexpected shutdowns. The company wants to cut back on complaints via customer support and other outside criticism by really going after quality and performance, but it might face some backlash from customers with this approach.




This system can be found by signing into your Apple ID on Apple's Get Support page and selecting Battery, Power, and Fixing → Battery ReplacementReserve a Battery.

Just a day before the company reveals its fourth quarter results for the year 2017, a report coming from Axios claims that most of the key features, which could've been the highlight of iOS 12, are now delayed. UBS Analysts commented, "Apple earnings should handily beat December quarter expectations, but March guidance could moderately disappoint".

This acknowledgement produced further backlash, with more than 30 suits filed in the USA alone, and government officials like Sen.

Apple has fought back against allegations from critics who said the company's recent iPhone throttling was an attempt at forcing customers to upgrade to new iPhones. Our aim has always been to make products that our customers love.

According to Dominic Sunnebo, Global Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple releasing three phones was not a bad decision by any means.

Such a drop, while potentially very significant to Apple's bottom line, would likely be offset by lower price point offerings such as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

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