France launches investigation into Apple 'planned obsolescence'

France launches investigation into Apple 'planned obsolescence'

The French Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into the USA high-tech company Apple, accusing them of fraud in connection with their manufacturing practice for the so- planned depreciation, which deliberately slowing the operation of older models, "Iphone", reported French media quoting court sources.

The probe, launched by France's consumer fraud watchdog agency DGCCRF Friday, is only the latest scrutiny Apple has faced after admitting last month it slows down older iPhones for battery-related reasons.

In France, planned obsolescence is illegal and can carry fines of up to 5 percent of a company's annual sales and jail terms for its executives.

Apple acknowledged last month that it takes some measures to reduce power demands - which can have the effect of slowing the processor - in some older iPhone models when a phone's battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands. Apple has apparently declined to comment on the investigation by the French watchdog.

A French watchdog agency has launched a probe into whether Apple deliberately phased out older iPhones to force customers to upgrade to a newer model, according to global media outlets.

On Monday, French prosecutors announced the opening of a probe into suspected fraud by Apple in the wake of a complaint by the group-known by its French acronym HOP-which accused the USA -based company of cheating costumers unaware of the flaws intentionally built into the phones.

Critics have accused Apple of nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing, rather than just the battery.

"The slowing down of older devices seems to have the deliberate aim of pushing Apple customers towards purchasing the new model", the group said. "Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that".

HOP believes Apple could be liable for a fine in line with the value of all of its iPhone sales in France since Hamon's law came into force on August 17, 2015.

The probe is said to be over "alleged deception and planned obsolescence" of Apple products.

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