French Prosecutor Targets Apple for Slowing Batteries

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FEATURING CAMILLE FABACHER – The Apple corporation is facing pressure from elected officials and others internationally over revelations that software updates on some of their older smart phones were designed to help the phones deal with slowing batteries. After consumers howled in outrage the company began offering battery replacements for a significantly lower price.

But for prosecutors in France that is not enough. An investigation by the country’s Economy Ministry is looking into whether Apple might be intentionally creating products with shorter lifespans in order to pressure consumers into buying newer models.

In the US, Senator John Thune, chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has also written to Apple asking questions about the company’s intentions.

Apple is one of the largest manufacturers of smart phones in the world, with more than 200 million iPhones sold worldwide in 2016 alone.

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Camille Fabacher, Member of Halte à l’obsolescence programmée (Stop Planned Obsolescence).