US Reportedly Investigating Apple Over Software Updates That Slow Older iPhones

US Reportedly Investigating Apple Over Software Updates That Slow Older iPhones

John Thune (R - S. Dak.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, have also asked Apple to provide more information on the processor slowdown issue.

Apple apologised for the slowdown in a December 28 statement, citing a lack of clarity on its part: "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down".

The SEC declined to comment.

Apple has since apologized for not being more forthcoming and is replacing batteries on older iPhones for $29, a $50 discount. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user release this Spring.

A perceived lack of exciting new technologies in the iPhone X has also hindered sales, despite Apple introducing a facial recognition technology called Face ID which enables users to unlock their phones by looking at the screen.

In recent weeks, Apple confirmed that it slowed some older iPhone models as a way to avoid issues resulting from older lithium-ion batteries.

Demand for Apple's flagship handset, the iPhone X, hasn't met the most optimistic expectations, according to investment research firm Sanford C. Bernstein, the Star reported.

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Meanwhile, a report by Reuters on Tuesday said analysts expect Apple to post a record revenue, like the company expects, and will reach its $87 billion guidance for the holiday quarter.

Last week it was discovered that Apple was slowing down older iPhones on goal.

In December, the United States tech company also announced a $50 (£37) reduction in the price of iPhone battery replacements, which it cut down from $79 (£56) to $29 (£20).

The Tame Apple Press feels that Apple is being picked on over the throttling thing.

"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", CEO Tim Cook recently told ABC News. Users first discovered that Apple was doing something to deliberately slow down older phones when their clunky iPhone started performing better, or like new, when they put in a new battery.

Furthermore, the company has promised more transparency regarding when a device is being actively slowed down due to battery health and will offer customers the option to disable the feature via a software update.

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