Apple has been in the news over the past few days for the wrong set of reasons. Recently, there was a news that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones when their battery starts aging. Apple publicly apologized for the misunderstanding around older iPhones there are being slowed down without informing customers. It has also announced a discounted battery replacement program for the same. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
Following the reports, lawsuits in New York and Israel have already been filed seeking class-action status. One of the reports on USA Today cited some iPhone owners, who claimed that they upgraded to a new iPhone after their phones started slowing down, following the iOS update. Now, according to the latest report on The Local (via 9to5mac), the latest lawsuit filed in France seems more serious to date. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
The latest lawsuit has been filed by the French environment group, Halte l Obsolescence Programm e, or HOP (which means — Stop Planned Obsolescence). The group believes that Apple has put in place a global strategy of programmed obsolescence in order to boost its sales. If found guilty, Apple executives could face jail time along with millions in fines.
The environmental group thinks that Apple can be sued in France for all the iPhones it sold in the country since 2015, the year when the country criminalized planned obsolescence. The maximum penalty as per the lawsuit is a prison sentence for two years, a fine of 300,000 Euros, and five percent from the firm s yearly turnover. While the fine may not sound a lot, it could quickly multiply when you consider millions of iPhones that were sold in the country.
According to the group s statement regarding their twofold goals one is to protect customers from buying phones more often, and second is to help reduce environmental waste due to frequent phone upgrades.
However, the outcome of this depends on whether or not the prosecutors find the lawsuit to be legitimate or not. Meanwhile, Apple intends to continue its smooth practice to prevent unexpected shutdowns on iPhones with older batteries.
Earlier today, Android smartphone manufacturers HTC and Motorola made official statements that they do not slow down performance of their smartphones, even when the battery starts ageing. To put pressure on Apple, other OEMs are also expected to provide their statements on the matter.