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Dec 28, 2017

Apple may face criminal charges in France over iPhone slowdown

Apple is currently under fire after news broke that the company was intentionally slowing down iPhones as their batteries aged, with lawsuits in New York and Israel already having been filed. However the latest suit, filed in France by the environmental group Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (which roughly translates to “stop planned obsolescence”) could be far more significant for Apple, since planned obsolescence is illegal under French law, according to a report from TheLocal.fr.

Unlike in America or Israel, where the other lawsuits have been filed, France made it illegal to “deliberately reduce the lifespan of a product to increase the rate of replacement,” back in August 2015. According to Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée’s...

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