Apple / Samsung

Apple and Samsung are being fined for purposefully slowing down their phones.

Italian antitrust agency Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) has issued fines against both companies, stating that they violated consumer codes and “caused serious dysfunctions and reduced performance significantly, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them.”

Samsung has been fined €5 million (approximately $5.7 million) for problems surrounding its Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 update. The update was meant for the Galaxy Note 7 but Samsung failed to warn users that when installed on the older Note 4, the update caused the phone to malfunction.

Apple got hit with a €5 million fine for a similar problem. Its iOS 10 update, which was meant for the iPhone 7, caused numerous issues for the iPhone 6. Apple later released a fix to the problem, iOS 10.2.1, but consumers weren’t warned that it would throttle CPUs on older devices.

Apple also received a second €5 million fine for not providing consumers with information about the average lifespan of their phone’s batteries, and how to replace and maintain them.

Apple previously admitted to the practice of slowing down phones, but the company stated that it was to improve the battery life of older models and increase the device’s lifespan.

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