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France investigates Apple for slowing down previous iPhones

PARIS — French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations that it secretly slowed down older variations of its handsets, the Paris prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Tuesday.

The preliminary probe was opened final week over alleged “deception and deliberate obsolescence” of some Apple merchandise, the workplace mentioned. It’s led by the French physique answerable for fraud management, which is a part of the finance ministry.

It follows a authorized criticism filed in December by a French shopper rights group whose aim is to cease the intentional obsolescence of products by firms.

In France it’s unlawful to deliberately shorten the life span of a product with a view to encourage clients substitute it.

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