If you’re a tech-news hound, you’re probably aware of the “conspiracy theory” that engulfed the Apple community about a month ago. Just like it’s the case with almost all “educated” conspiracy theories, this one became a conspiracy fact today, as we just got word about the Department Of Justice and the SEC starting a probe into Apple’s alleged slowing down of older iPhones via a software update back in 2017.
The thing is, Apple actually admitted its “crime” in December, i.e. that they intentionally slowed down older models of iPhone via a software update, and now the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice are launching an official probe into the matter. Both federal agencies will try to find out whether Apple violated a number of laws that require public disclosure with regard to certain software updates, hence they’re asking Apple to release certain information.
2018 started pretty bad for Apple, as their stock is sliding and their dismal iPhone X sales figures are flabbergasting investors and the fan-base alike. The cherry on top is that the tech giant is also facing at least 8 lawsuits for the same crime, i.e. deliberately slowing down older smartphones. Even if Apple claimed the software update that slowed down older iPhones was made for the users’ own good, i.e. to prevent the sudden shut down of the device, considering the company’s past actions (which some may call hypocritical) and the plethora of technical glitches Apple is famous for, many internet users started to ask questions about their true intentions. For example, Apple could have warned users that their old iPhones require a new battery in order to regain their former speed. The silence on that issue may serve as an indicator that Apple tried to force people to buy a new iPhone instead of reinvigorating their old device via a relatively cheap procedure, such as battery replacement.
In an interview with ABC News, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has said:
About a year ago, we released some code that essentially what it does is all batteries age over time and they become unhealthy at a point in time. And an unhealthy battery has a probability that it will create an unexpected restart. When we did put it [software update] out, we did say what it was, but I don’t think a lot of people were paying attention, and maybe we should have been clearer as well. And so we deeply apologize for anybody who thinks we had some other kind of motivation.
Hey, Timmy, you just described programmed obsolescence. You don’t want your phones to last more than a few years. You want to sell the new models. Do not treat us like the Silicon Valley sycophants who attend your new product launches!
Closed architecture, that is what Apple has always been about. I was under the impression that if you opened the case to replace the battery, it would void the warranty. That is what they do on their computers. No looking inside, no adding more memory, no adding another hard drive.