Apple faces lawsuits in many European countries for “downspeed gate”

According to foreign media reports, on December 2 local time, the European consumer rights organization said it had filed a lawsuit against apple in Belgium, Spain, and plans to file a lawsuit against apple in Italy and Portugal in the next few weeks, claiming about 180 million euros in compensation, because Apple is suspected of cheating users to download software updates intended to slow down the speed of the iPhone. < / P > < p > els Brugman, policy and executive director of the European consumer rights organization, said: “Apple’s software update is to cover up the battery problem. They know that it will reduce the speed of mobile phones and encourage consumers to buy new smartphones.” The four lawsuits cover about 3 million iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE models sold in the four countries between 2014 and 2020. < / P > < p > according to the report, Apple has added a new hardware management tool in the previous version of IOS 10.2.1, which is responsible for limiting the CPU performance of mobile phones with insufficient battery life due to battery aging. In the update, apple only mentioned that it would “improve the power management during the peak workload period to avoid the unexpected shutdown of iPhone”, but it did not tell consumers that the new update would reduce the running speed of the system and the actual experience of consumers. < / P > < p > Apple said in a statement in response to the latest lawsuit: “we have never – and will never – deliberately shorten the service life of any apple product or reduce the user experience to promote customer upgrading.” < / P > < p > experts pointed out that appeals from individual countries may lead to “snowball effect”. Experience shows that if one European country takes the initiative, other countries will follow suit. In February, French regulators fined Apple 25 million euros for misleading consumers. Earlier, the Italian antitrust agency imposed a 10 million euro fine on apple because the software upgrade led to a “serious failure and greatly reduced performance” of the smartphone. Last month, apple agreed to pay $113 million to settle charges from 33 states and the District of Columbia. The allegation claims that Apple covertly slowed down the iPhone to cover up its battery problems, thereby prompting users to buy new phones. The settlement includes $5 million to Arizona, $24.6 million to California, where Apple is based, and $7.6 million to Texas, the report said. < / P > < p > in December 2017, apple admitted that it used software upgrades to slow down the running speed of its old phones, and made a rare apology. Some users believe that apple is trying to lure people to buy new phones by slowing down the running speed of the old ones, so they have launched a class action lawsuit. In March this year, apple reached a settlement with domestic consumers in the United States over the class action lawsuit of “downspeed gate”, and agreed to pay up to $500 million in compensation. The plaintiff called it “one of the biggest consumer fraud cases in the history of San Jose.”. Straight screen S20! Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe exposure: 1Hz high brush + snapdragon 865