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Topic: slowdown controversy

Apple, Samsung under investigation by Italian government over planned obsolescence allegations

01/18/2018, 01:01 pm

Italy's antitrust organization has launched a probe investigating allegations that Apple and Samsung use software updates not as a tool to secure or expand upon smartphone capabilities, but to speed up the aging process and force users to buy new phones.

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iPhone slowdown class action lawyers make 'inherently dangerous' demand for Apple to keep swapped batteries

01/17/2018, 10:01 am

Lawyers working on one of a number of class-action lawsuit proposals over the iPhone battery slowdown issue want Apple to retain the old batteries it swaps out in its battery replacement program, along with a request to hand over any diagnostic data Apple produces relating to the batteries.

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Apple running low on iPhone 6 Plus batteries, postponing some swaps until March

01/11/2018, 12:01 pm

People wanting to swap out the battery on an iPhone 6 Plus may in some cases have to wait until March or later, owing to a shortage of replacement units.

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French government investigates planned obsolescence allegations amidst iPhone slowdown controversy

01/08/2018, 04:01 pm

The French government is reportedly investigating a recent private complaint against Apple, which charges that the company's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries is a form of planned obsolescence meant to sell new hardware.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses Intel's bad week, Apple's iPhone battery situation, Chicago snow, Spotify, more

01/05/2018, 08:01 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mike and a special guest discuss the three-pronged attack against modern CPUs, continues the iPhone battery debacle debate, delves into the $16 billion Spotify copyright lawsuit, and talks about the iMac Pro.

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Watch: Why Apple slows down older iPhones and what you can do about it

01/04/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple recently revealed that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with degraded batteries in order to prevent potential operational troubles like random shutdowns. Find out more about modern battery technology and how you can avoid unwanted performance hits in this video.

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Brazilian state says Apple refused to sign notification on iPhone battery issues

01/03/2018, 04:01 pm

Apple employees have declined to sign a notification requiring them to tell Brazilian iPhone owners how they can get discounted battery replacements, according to a state agency.

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How iPhone batteries work, and how Apple manages performance over time

01/02/2018, 02:01 pm

Lithium-ion batteries such as those found in nearly every smartphone and tablet are not little, indestructable homogenous power reactors. AppleInsider delves briefly into the construction and chemistry of them, and discusses how an old battery works against not only device manufacturers, but the users themselves.

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Apple not requiring failed iPhone battery diagnostic test before $29 replacement

01/02/2018, 09:01 am

Apple stores are reportedly offering their discounted battery replacements to any iPhone owner willing to pay the fee regardless of whether or not an old battery passes testing, and some users are reporting partial refunds on earlier battery exchanges -- but this is not a universal policy.

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$29 battery exchanges for iPhone 6 and newer now available at most Apple retail locations

12/30/2017, 02:12 pm

Many Apple retail locations in the U.S. started the $29 battery replacement for the iPhone 6 or newer, well in advance of a previously announced January timeframe -- but appointments are filling up, and turnaround times are growing.

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iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices

12/29/2017, 09:12 am

Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple's discounted battery replacements.

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Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown controversy, will reduce out-of-warranty battery replacement to $29

12/28/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple on Thursday addressed mounting criticism over the revelation that it slows down iPhones with aging batteries to prevent performance issues. In addition to apologizing, the company has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29, and will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device's battery.

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Hoping to capitalize on Apple battery controversy, HTC and Motorola volunteer that they don't slow down old phones

12/28/2017, 02:12 pm

Bad publicity for Apple is a potential opportunity for competitors to gain ground, as seen with the iPhone battery controversy compelling HTC and Motorola to issue statements, saying they do not throttle performance on phones with older batteries.

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Criminal lawsuit over iPhone battery slowdowns filed in France, where planned obsolescence is illegal

12/28/2017, 12:12 pm

Fallout continues to grow following the discovery that Apple slows down older phones with aging batteries to prevent random shutdowns, as a new criminal lawsuit in France aims to hit Apple's pocketbook -- and could even result in jail time.

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South Korea probes Apple's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries

12/28/2017, 10:12 am

The Korea Communications Commission has reportedly asked for an explanation in the wake of Apple's admission that it slows down older iPhones to prolong battery life.

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Third iPhone battery lawsuit says Apple used slowdowns to avoid fixing defects

12/22/2017, 06:12 pm

Taking a different tack, another class action lawsuit -- following Apple's admission that it slows down iPhones with weakened batteries -- charges that the company made the change to avoid the full cost of fixing defects.

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Apple hit with lawsuit after admitting to slowing down iPhones with depleted batteries

12/21/2017, 04:12 pm

A day after Apple acknowledged slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, a Los Angeles man is pursuing a class action lawsuit in the matter.

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Apple responds to reports of worn batteries forcing iPhone CPU slowdowns

12/20/2017, 02:12 pm

Apple has confirmed that it temporarily slows down processes on older iPhones with poorly functioning batteries, with a recent update able to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks" when needed to prevent device shutdown.

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