In January, many countries initiated an audit against Apple on the fact of the slowdown of the old iPhone, and users did not miss the opportunity to file dozens of lawsuits, including in Russia. This time, the Ministry of Justice began its investigation.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the check is aimed at revealing a case of violation of the law, and not always by its results companies are making official accusations. Nevertheless, the attention of the US Justice Department to Apple did not go unnoticed, as did the claims of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The latter suspects the company of hiding information from investors.
Most likely, Apple will be able to prove the absence of malicious intent in the slowdown of the iPhone in the US, but there are big questions about the proceedings in other countries. In December, the company admitted that it slowed the work of older models of its devices due to the specificity of lithium-ion batteries that have the property of losing power.
In Russia, also interested in Apple's policy on old devices – State Duma deputies want to strengthen the responsibility of companies for deliberately slowing the work of smartphones and reducing the period of operation of goods in general.