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Apple fined for slowing down older iPhone models

A selection of iPhones are displayed an Apple store Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in suburban Boston. Apple reports financial earns on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A selection of iPhones are displayed an Apple store Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in suburban Boston. Apple reports financial earns on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Apple has been fined roughly $27 million for slowing down the performance of older iPhone models on purpose.

According to KXXV, France’s competition and fraud watchdog (DGCCRF) fined the U.S. tech giant because it said consumers were not warned about this.

Apple confirmed back in 2017 it was intentionally slowing down some iPhones, but the company said it was only doing it to make the smartphones last longer.

After being fined by the French watchdog, Apple sent out a statement saying it has resolved the issue with the watchdog.

Apple now has to display a notice on its French-language website for a month as part of the agreement.

You may be wondering if this is something Apple is still doing, and yes, they are.

In fact, since Apple confirmed the practice in 2017, it has done it on several more iPhones including:

  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (running iOS 12.1 or higher)
  • iPhone X (running iOS 12.1 or higher)
  • iPhone XS, XS Max and XR (running iOS 13.1 or higher)