Authors Paresh Dave and Stephen Nellis
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Arizona is leading a multi-US state probe on whether the deliberate slowdown in Apple Inc̵7;s older phones violated deceptive business practices laws, documents Reuters reported Wednesday.
Last week, a special document issued by a group of technical guards showed that the Texas Attorney General could sue Apple for such multi-state probe violations without setting charges.
In an ongoing probe since at least 2018, investigators asked Apple for data on “unexpected outages” of iPhones and cuts or slowed devices through power management software, showing Reuters documents obtained from a request for public records.
Law firms in Arizona and Texas declined to comment. Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Apple came under fire in 2017 when Primate Labs, a maker of phone processor speed measurement software, revealed that some iPhones slowed with age.
Apple later acknowledged that it had reduced power requirements – which can slow down the processor – as the aging phone’s battery tries to deliver the peak power that the processor requires. Apple said without its modifications, the iPhone would shut down unexpectedly due to severe power outages.
Outraged iPhone users said they seem to confirm long-standing suspicions that Apple has slowed down older devices and encouraged users to buy new phones. Apple has publicly apologized for reducing battery replacement prices.
Earlier this year, Apple agreed to pay up to $ 500 million to resolve a proposed battery lawsuit.
(Report by Paresh Dave and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Edited by Greg Mitchell and Richard Chang)