Apple is under investigation once more for the slow iPhone issue, according to a report from Bloomberg.
This time, the firm is being investigated by the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unlike other countries with stronger (read- actual), consumer protection laws, the US investors are less interested in whether consumers were misled by Apple than whether investors were led to believe that Apple’s iPhone performance was stronger than it actually was.
Apple’s iPhone allegations initially surfaced after a Geekbench benchmark found the discrepancy between two iPhones.
The firm has been investigated by consumer protection agencies in Italy, as well as in France.
Apple in response has launched a worldwide iPhone battery replacement service, allowing users of affected iPhones to replace their batteries for free. The slow iPhone issue was attributed to weakened batteries, and the iPhone operating system slowing down performance to compensate.
The firm has issued several software updates to fix it and plans to include another feature in iOS 11.3 to let customers see when their smartphone batteries have lost too much capacity. .