Apple execs could face jail in France for slowing down older iPhones
Last week, Apple admitted that it throttles CPU performance on iPhone models with lower-capacity batteries, all in the interest of conserving battery life and, above all, preventing unexpected shutdowns. As Apple noted in a brief statement on the matter: "Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components."
Not surprisingly, Apple has since been hit with a wave of class-action lawsuits, with the underlying allegation being that Apple has a pattern of introducing iOS updates that purposefully limit performance as to compel iPhone owners to shell out money for new devices. But while allegations that Apple engages in planned obsolescence are nothing new, engaging in such behavior in France is actually considered a crime. As a result, a Paris-based activist group called HOP has gone so far as to actually file a criminal lawsuit against Apple, making jail for Apple execs an actual possibility.
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