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Korean prosecutors launch formal investigation of Apple's iPhone slowdown 'feature'

21 January 2018

Released a year ago, the phone-slowing software was meant to ensure that iPhone users did not get disconnected in the middle of an important text message or call because of an old battery, Cook said.

Apple has denied any wrongdoing, but lawmakers and consumer activists believe that company has defrauded customers by using battery throttling to get customers to upgrade to newer handsets.

South Korea is just one of the countries where the practice of slowing down iPhones with old batteries has earned Apple special attention from governmental agencies or consumer rights groups - the list also includes Brazil, China, France, Italy, and the US.

Apple announced today that it will be investing $350 billion in the USA economy over the next five years, creating more than 20,000 jobs. It may answer all the ongoing questions about the features improving the performance of older iPhone models.

"We're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it's very, very transparent". "Maybe we should have been clearer as well, and so we deeply apologize for anybody that thinks we had some kind of other motivation".

Advocacy group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, accused Apple of destruction of property and fraud.

Both companies are suspected of infringing four articles of the country's consumers' code and will face multimillion-euro fines if found guilty.

The group also filed a compensation suit against Apple, seeking an award of approximately $2,000 per plaintiff.

On Dec. 28, a week after Apple first admitted to the slowdown, the company apologized and offered cheaper battery replacements. In response, Apple announced that iPhone users would be able to purchase a $29 battery replacement for the next year, even if the battery is healthy.

In an interview with ABC News, Cook discussed a number of recent announcements by Apple, including their plan to invest $350 billion in the USA economy over the next five years and how President Trump's tax plan will help the us economy. Cook said the phone-slowing feature was initially added to prevent the phone from inconvenient shutdowns, like during important calls or video chats. "This hasn't been done before".

Korean prosecutors launch formal investigation of Apple's iPhone slowdown 'feature'