Euroconsumers accuses Apple of having slowed down certain iPhone models since the switch to iOS 14.5.
It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to be accused of slowing down their older devices with software updates. Apple had paid the price in particular with the scandal of #BatteryGate in 2017, after being accused of restricting the performance of its old iPhones following an iOS update to prevent the battery from being damaged too quickly.
Once again, it is Apple which is in the sights of a new complaint of this type. The European association for the defense of consumers Euroconsumers has just accused Apple of planned obsolescence. She is adamant: Apple would have slowed down the iPhone 8, iPhone XS, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 with its update to iOS 14.5 and later (iOS 14.5.1 and iOS 14.6).
In its press release, Euroconsumers states that “These updates have severely damaged consumers’ iPhones, causing drastically reduced performance and accelerated battery drain, as reported in many media, tech and not.”, specifying to have “Sent a letter to Apple asking the company to explain the criticisms of loss of performance experienced by iPhone 12, 11, 8 and XS users following the 14.5, 14.5.1 and 14.6 updates d ‘iOS. “
The association asks the brand to compensate buyers of iPhone 12, 11, 8 and XS for an amount of up to € 120. If Apple has not yet reacted to this attack, it might never do so because Euroconsumers’ arguments remain very cloudy. The association cites two articles from Forbes and of MacRumors to support his point.
The first evokes a problem which concerned some iPhone 12 when they are launched. This was a quickly fixed bug that occurred in the early months of iPhone 12, and therefore does not affect iOS 14.5 and beyond. The article of MacRumors, on the other hand, cites a problem of autonomy since the passage to iOS 14.6, but it would only concern a handful of devices.
Euroconsumers is also putting back on the table the performance restriction put in place by Apple in order to preserve the autonomy of its iPhones a few years ago. However, it does not (yet) concern the iPhone 11 and 12, which are too recent, and has been present since iOS 13.1 on the others, including the iPhone XS.