US Investigating Apple Over Software Updates That Slow Older iPhones

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Bloomberg has reported that Apple has responded to a government examination into the software update that deliberately slowed down older phone models in order to prompt a user to purchase a more recent version of their product. The company is close to signing a deal to purchase land in India's tech hub of Bengaluru and will likely invest $157 million to develop the site, two government officials say.

Sources familiar with the matter said the investigators are looking into Apple's public statements on the matter.

The SEC declined to comment.

We have received inquiries from several government agencies, and we're responding to them.Apple's power management function may also be sidestepped by replacing an iPhone's battery if needed.

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Meanwhile, the company said that its battery replacement programme at a discounted cost will be available from late January through December 2018. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user release this Spring. Apple consciously throttled the speed of every iPhone which was not the 8, 8 Plus or X when the phones were released previous year. Many consumers, however, remain convinced that the company torpedoed the older iPhones to prod them to upgrade to the latest - and more expensive - models released in last fall. For now, Apple is being said to be developing its iOS 11.3, which is supposed to hand over more controls of the handset's battery and performance settings to users.

Apple CEO Tim Cook did acknowledge the fact that Apple "should've been clearer" about their plans.

Meanwhile, a report by Reuters on Tuesday said analysts expect Apple to post a record revenue, like the company expects, and will reach its $87 billion guidance for the holiday quarter. In addition, users will be able to see if the power management feature is being used to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and turn it off if they so choose. "We apologise. There's been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we're making". In response to consumer backlash, the company dropped the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus from US$79 to US$29.