Italy’s antitrust authority today said it had launched a probe into tech giants Apple and Samsung for allegedly shortening the lives of their products so clients would buy newer models. Also Read - macOS Monterey releases today: Check compatible Apple devices, top features, more
The watchdog accused the companies of a “commercial policy aimed at exploiting the shortcomings of some (tech) components to reduce the performance of their products over time and persuade consumers to purchase new versions”. Also Read - Apple's November launch event delayed to 2022: Report
It said it was also looking into complaints the pair failed to provide information on what consequences software updates pushed by the companies would have on products. Also Read - Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 with AMOLED display October 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Realme X7 5G, more
The Italian probe follows an investigation launched this month into Apple in France over suspected “planned obsolescence” in some of its iPhone models.
The US company was forced to admit in December that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time, sparking concerns it was unfairly nudging consumers to upgrade.
At the time, Apple denied it intentionally shortened the life on any of its products. It said it slowed models to extend the performance of the phone, which uses less power when running at slower speeds, and prevent unexpected shutdowns.
The California-based group also faces a class-action suit in the United States.
It has been a bad start to the year for Samsung too: the electronics giant faces a legal case in France over the alleged use of child labour and other abuses in Chinese manufacturing plants producing its products. (AFP) PMS
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