Italy’s Antitrust Body to Probe Apple and Samsung for Slowing Down Devices Through Software Updates

Italy’s antitrust body has opened a complained against Apple and Samsung following reports of the companies slowing down their phones through software updates.

This move infringes on four different articles of the national consumers code.

Apple and Samsung are suspected of orchestrating “a general commercial policy taking advantage of the lack of certain components to curb the performance times of their products and induce consumers to buy new versions”, the watchdog said.

The move comes after Apple revealed last month that its controversial power management feature slows down older iPhones due to their ageing batteries. The company has already received a lot of backlash since then and even reduced its battery replacement program price to $29 so as to please customers. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook also confirmed that customers would be able to turn off this controversial power management feature in a future iOS update.

While Italy’s antitrust body will also be investigating Samsung, there has been no such revelation from the Korean company that it slows down its devices through software update. In fact, the company issued a statement after this Apple’s debacle confirming that it does not slow down its devices due to their degrading batteries. However, the general consensus among Samsung device owners is that the company does slow down their phones over time with software updates, though so far there have been no hard data to back this up.

As for Apple, it has been the subject of over 35+ lawsuits and its actions are already being investigated by various other government regulatory bodies across the world. At this point, things are only going to get uglier for Apple and it is possibly looking at million dollars in damages due to this.

[Via Reuters]

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