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.
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 US -based company of cheating costumers unaware of the flaws intentionally built into the phones.
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After a lawsuit by a French consumer-watchdog group in late December, prosecutors in France announced on Monday that they're opening an investigation into whether Apple intentionally slowed down older iPhones in an attempt to force consumers to buy new ones, a practice commonly known as "planned obsolescence".
In its letter dated December 28, Apple claimed it wanted customers to be able to use its devices for as long as possible.
"First and foremost, 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". The issue only affected the iPhone 6 and above. Users would need to pay $30 to have a battery replaced, however the cost has been reduced from the previous $80 price.
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Hulu CEO Randy Freer, who took the reins last year when Mike Hopkins departed for Sony, called 2017 "a momentous year for Hulu". More importantly, it's led to a massive boom in business for Hulu.
To make up for what some have deemed a hassle, Apple has since offered discounts on replacement batteries.
In numerous lawsuits from the United States, Israel and South Korea, Apple has been accused of "planned obsolescence" - a widely shared conspiracy theory among iPhone users that the iPhone maker shortens the phone's life to pressure customers to upgrade.
"With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown", the company said.
Ban on Plastic Microbeads Finally Launched in the UK
While microbeads represent only a small percentage of those plastics, there is growing concern about their presence in oceans, lakes and rivers.
Meaningful developments in the investigation may take a long time.
Discovery Channel Tells Employees It Is Moving Headquarters to NYC
About 1,300 Discovery employees are based in the Silver Spring area, and 1,000 are based at Scripps' Knoxville headquarters. Discovery Communications headquarters is leaving Maryland, according to a memo sent to employees Tuesday morning.