France investigates planned obsolescence of Apple products


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French consumer protection authorities are investigating reports that Apple deliberately shortened the life span (The Guardian) or effectiveness of its products in order to prompt increased consumer demand to replace them.

In December 2017 Apple acknowledged it intentionally slowed down iPhones with older batteries, but said the move was made to extend the life of its products.

Following Israel and the United States, France — through the CCRF (General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control in English) — is the third country to investigate Apple’s alleged deception. In France, it’s illegal to intentionally reduce the life span of a product. Fines could amount to up to 5 percent of annual sales.

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