Apple & Samsung Fined Millions For Slowing Down Phones

The biggest names in the mobile and tech industry, Apple and Samsung have been fined millions of dollars for deliberately slowing down their phones. An investigation by an Italian agency Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) found out that the tech giants planned obsolescence for their smartphones. According to the reports, both the companies violated consumer codes by slowing down their phones. This was done so that the process of replacing them is much faster.

Apple and Samsung both have been hit with a fine of £10m and £4.4m respectively. “Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices” and that operating system updates “caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones’ substitution”. - technology/Apple & Samsung Fined Millions For Slowing Down Phones

Image Courtesy:

Apple’s was fined £5 million for its IOS 10 update. This update was meant for the iPhone 7, however, it caused multiple problems with the iPhone 6. Since this update required a lot more power, it resulted in older models to shut down unexpectedly. Moreover, the released a further update of 10.2.1 to tackle this problem. However, they did not inform users that this update will throttle CPUs on older phones with aging batteries.

They were fined another £5 million. This was for not informing the consumers about the lifespan of the lithium batteries and how to maintain or replace them. Apple agreed that they had purposely impeded phones with corrupted batteries through programming updates. However, the company denied that it had anything to do with intentionally shortening the life of a product.

On the other hand, Samsung was been fined €5 million for problems in the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 update. The update was meant for the Galaxy Note 7. However, people who decided to update their Note 4 complained of the phone being to sluggish. Samsung had suggested’ to owners of the Note 4 phone to install the new version OS.

The report says both companies’ decisions to have customers install newer firmware on older phones “caused serious dysfunctions and reduced performance significantly, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them.”


By Abhishek Aggarwal

Latest Posts

  • One Punch Man Game: All You Need To Know

    One Punch Man Game: All You Need To Know0

    Right after the first post-announcement trailer for One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows’ revealed confirmation that additional of four more characters to the game. Saitama himself and other characters were already to be part of the squad, though the newest trailer focuses on the villains that you’ll encounter. Vaccine Man, Mosquito Girl, Carnage Kabuto,

  • Top 7 Hill Stations You Have To Visit In South India

    Top 7 Hill Stations You Have To Visit In South India0

    From the stressful environment of the cities, people always want a getaway and let them loose. What’s the perfect place you ask? Well, These Hill Stations might do the job. Here is a list of Top 7 Hill stations in South India in My Opinion: Kodaikanal (Kodai) Referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’,

  • Top 5 Best Breweries In Bangalore

    Top 5 Best Breweries In Bangalore0

    After a long and tiring week, sometimes all you want to do is get a few cold beers with some friends and move your body to them groovy tunes. When you are in the Garden City of India, you do not have to scramble too hard to find a great place to have a wonderful


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Latest Posts

Most Commented

Featured Videos