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Apple investigated by France for slowing down old iPhones

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French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday a probe was opened last week and is led by the French body in charge of fraud control, which is part of the finance ministry.

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It follows a legal complaint filed in December by a French consumer rights group that aims to stop intentional obsolescence of goods by companies.

In France, it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers to replace it.

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Class-action lawsuit filed against Apple following admission it slows down aging iPhones
Class-action lawsuit filed against Apple following admission it slows down aging iPhones

Apple apologized in December for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.

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Lawsuits against the company have been filed in the U.S. and Israel.

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