The consumer protection organization accuses Apple of deliberately manipulating the performance of the iPhones 6 and 6S and demands compensation for 115,000 UK’s. DECO made its intentions known through a press release.
After trying to get a response from the Cupertino giant, the consumer protection organization will proceed to court in order to defend the rights of the 115,000 injured UK’s.
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Euroconsumers, of which DECO PROTESTE is a part, has been trying to find solutions for consumers since 2017. It was from that date on that the case became public. However, it has remained unanswered by Apple over the past three years.
In 2020, and following a complaint by Altroconsumo, an Italian counterpart, the Administrative Court of Rome ordered the brand to pay a fine of 10 million euros. In the United States, Apple managed to avoid a lawsuit with a $ 113 million settlement.
Aware of the need for compensation from UK’s consumers, DECO PROTESTE filed a lawsuit against the American brand. It is based on European legislation that expressly prohibits unfair, deceptive and aggressive commercial practices, such as programmed obsolescence.
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The criterion considered adequate to determine the compensation value is the cost of repairing the battery and 10% of the purchase price of the equipment, that is, on average, an approximate value of 60 €.
Although Apple claimed it was an update to extend battery life, DECO denounces the use of programmed obsolescence to encourage consumers to buy new phones. More specifically, the brand’s latest models.
In addition to the financial issues and economic interests of users, DECO also states that planned obsolescence has harmful effects on the environment. Here taking into account the premature disposal of these devices.
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