A European consumer watchdog group is seeking monetary punishment against Apple over its iPhone throttling practices from several years ago….
Remember Apple’s batterygate scandal? Well, the sad saga continues, and this time it’s a European consumer advocacy group that’s going after the tech giant. Back in 2014, Apple began throttling its older iPhone models in order to prevent overheating and excessive battery drain.
However, the corporation never made it clear to its customers they only had to upgrade their battery in order to avoid the slowdown. Because of this omission, many older iPhone owners assumed the only way to enjoy peak performance was to upgrade to newer, much more expensive devices. (Though, some did opt to replace their batteries, instead of upgrading to the newest model.)
Euroconsumers Seeks Nearly $73 Million from Apple Over iPhone Throttling
The deceptive practice could now cost Apple as much as €73 million, or about €60 per affected device, which includes the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus. European consumer advocacy Euroconsumers group is seeking compensation for owners of the models. These individuals replaced their batteries between 2014 in order to avoid their phones being slowed down. Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, wrote in a statement:
“When consumers buy Apple iPhones, they expect sustainable quality products. Unfortunately, that is not what happened with the iPhone 6 series. Not only were consumers defrauded, and did they have to face frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view it is also utterly irresponsible.”