Apple faces a lawsuit by a consumer advocacy group in Europe for allegedly throttling older iPhones.The advocacy group sought €60 million or €60 per device for the owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus models sold in Italy, according to India Today report, on Monday.
Meanwhile, Altroconsumo as a Euroconsumers’ member has filed a lawsuit against Apple in December as well. The company said that it plans to file another lawsuit in Portugal.
“When consumers buy Apple iPhones, they expect sustainable quality products. Unfortunately, that is not what happened with the iPhone 6 series” Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, said in a statement. “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.”
In contrast, “We have never and would never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” an Apple spokesperson 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.”
Later, the firm revealed on November 2020 that it will pay a $113 million fines, following an investigation into the company’s practice of intentionally slowing old iPhones down, according to Washington Post.
Moreover, , the French competition watchdog fined the company $27 million on February for purposefully slowing performance on older iPhones without telling users about it. On March, Apple agreed to cough up $500 million in a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company slowed phones to prompt customers to upgrade for newer ones.