Apple has been accused of intentionally manipulating the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s in order to slow them down. It was through the iOS 10.2.1 update that, in 2017, the aforementioned models would intentionally be slower.
Now, DECO Protest will take civil action against Apple. The UK’s consumer protection agency thus follows the example of Euroconsumers, an association that in December 2020 would make public its intention to bring Apple to justice.
DECO Proteste leads UK’s action against Apple
The general understanding is that Apple will have applied this intentional slowness for consumers to buy the latest models. Note that in 2017 the Cupertino giant announced its iPhone 8 and the disruptive generation iPhone X.
As the Exame Informática, DECO Proteste’s action is similar to those that have been heard in Europe, with the most recent case taking place in Italy. In that nation, it was the Altroconsumo association that sued Apple for the same reasons, bringing the value of the claim to 60 million euros in favor of Italian consumers, according to Reuters Agency.
As DECO also points out, at the beginning of 2020 the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Repression, had imposed a fine of 25 million euros on the technological giant. The reasons were the same.
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Also in the neighboring nation of Spain, through OCU and in the heart of Europe, in Belgium, with Test-Achats moving forward with a similar action. The European initiatives were then announced last December by Euroconsumers, in PDF format.
The 180 thousand consumers potentially affected by #batterygate, a figure advanced by Tito Rodrigues, the legal expert responsible for DECO Protest à Exame, show a considerably smaller scale than the Italian one. In that nation, up to 1.6 million consumers have been hurt by Apple’s planned obsolescence on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models.
It can also be said that both the Spanish and the Belgian agencies intend to obtain compensation of 60 euros for each affected consumer. DECO Proteste’s action has no definite value yet, but it will follow the patterns of those mentioned.
The separate actions, led by consumer protection agencies in the various European nations come after Euroconsumers tried to reach an agreement with Apple that aimed at compensating users, without success.
The action is expected to advance in February, with the case to be followed on the DECO website.
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