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Apple fined $41 million for secretly slowing old iPhones

“The DGCCRF has indeed shown that iPhone owners had not been informed that the updates of the iOS operating system (10.2.1 and 11.2) they installed were likely to slow down the operation of their device,” it said in a statement, adding that Apple had “committed the crime of deceptive commercial practice by omission”.

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Following the original controversy, Apple slashed the price of a battery replacement service for out-of-warranty old iPhones in Australia from $119 to $39. These days it costs $79.

Apple continues to apply performance throttling to iPhones as the batteries age, with 2018’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR being the latest to have the setting applied. Performance is only affected if Apple’s software detects a concerning pattern of heat, battery discharge or impedance.

As of iOS 11.3, there’s also a section in Settings that displays the health of the battery and whether performance has been slowed due to age, and allows users to turn throttling off if they choose.

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