Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.
The fine was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned.
In 2017, Apple confirmed that it did slow down some iPhones, but said it only did so to “prolong the life” of the devices.
Apple said in a statement that it had resolved the issue with the watchdog.
However, the practice still goes on, as confirmed by Apple in 2017, it has implemented it on several more iPhones including:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus running iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone X running iOS 12.1 or higher
- iPhone XS, XS Max and XR running iOS 13.1 or higher
The setting is only enabled when the battery begins to degrade, and iOS now offers clearer information to consumers about when performance management has been switched on.
“The effects of performance management on these newer models may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design,” Apple said.
Read full statement from DGCCRF here