Italy: Antitrust regulators opens probe into Apple and Samsung

Italy’s antitrust has opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics used software updates deliberately to speed up the ageing process of their products.

The antitrust body said in a statement it would investigate whether the two firms made their products obsolete to stimulate new purchases.

Apple acknowledged last month that iPhone software had the effect of slowing down some phones with battery problems, but denied that it had ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product. Apple also apologized in December 2017 for deliberately slowing down some ageing iPhone models via software updates but said it did so in order to prolong battery life and not to force customers to upgrade.

Full Content: The Guardian

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