Italy’s competition authority on Wednesday said it was fining Apple and Samsung 10 and 5 million Euros respectively, for the so called “planned obsolescence” of their smartphones.
The ruling is believed to be the first against the manufactures following accusations worldwide that they encourage operating system updates for older phones which slow them down, thereby encouraging the purchase of new phones.
The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them.
Likewise Apple insistently suggested to iPhone 6 owners to install an operating software designed for iPhone 7, without warning them that its installation could reduce the speed of execution and functionality of devices. There was no reaction to the decision from Apple or Samsung.
Source – The Tribune