This case has already cost him heavy compensation in several countries.
In front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London, the defender accuses the tech giant of having reduced, with the help of updates, the performance of old iPhone models
to avoid a recall and expensive repair of the devices. The aim is to obtain compensation for up to 25 million users in the UK.
In an abuse of its dominant market position, Apple misled its customersleading some people to update,
to pay for a replacement batteryor even to buy a new model, denounced Justin Gutmann in a press release sent to AFP.
Apologies and millions in reparations
Apple issued an apology in December 2017, acknowledging that it had deliberately slowed down some of its devices to compensate for the aging of their battery and prevent them from turning off unexpectedly, however denying any attempt at planned obsolescence.
Since then, the company has been sued in several countries, including agreeing to pay in 2020 in the United States up to 500 million US dollars (652 million Canadian dollars) to owners of old models, after two years of litigation . Apple paid an additional US$113 million (C$147 million) to abort a lawsuit filed in certain US states.
In France, the group had been fined 25 million euros (34 million Canadian dollars) the same year for not having warned that updates could slow down old smartphones.
We have never done anything, and would never do anything, to intentionally shorten the life of an Apple product or degrade the user experience to further the purchase of new products, the manufacturer said Thursday in a statement sent to AFP.
Our goal has always been to create products our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.it was argued.