Apple Is Fined A Chunky $11.5 Million For Negligence By Italian Authorities

Jermaine Castillo
October 26, 2018

Italy's Competition Authority (AGCM) is fining Apple and Samsung 5 million Euros (~RM24 million) each.

In a statement the antitrust watchdog said "Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices" and that operating system updates "caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones' substitution".

Specifically, the AGCM said insistent requests were made by manufacturers for consumers to download and install updates on devices that were not able to adequately support them and provided no means of restoring original functionality.

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The Italian antitrust authority fined the companies 10 million Euros (£8.84m) and 5 million Euros (£4.4m). Buyers are encouraged to acquire the handsets under contract with a mobile network, paying a higher monthly fee to avoid having to find hundreds of pounds up-front to buy the devices SIM-free, and then further encouraged to get rid of the handsets and upgrade to a shiny new device at the end of the contract period.

Apple has been a longstanding target of criticism for the way it throttles CPU performance on iPhone models with lower capacity batteries. This is following complaints that their software updates had qualities of planned obsolescence, hindering the performance of their own older phones.

Apple was fined more than Samsung because the tech giant also failed to tell customers important details about iPhone batteries - including how to prolong their lifespan.

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Additionally, the AGCM fined Samsung €5 million pounds. In Samsung's case, the watchdog said customers who purchased the Galaxy Note 4 were solicited to install a version of Android (Marshmallow) that shipped on the Note 7. Both companies were also ordered to display a notice on the Italian versions of their website that informs customers about the fine.

Samsung said it was "disappointed" with the decision and said it would appeal.

If this all sounds familiar, it's because Apple's "Batterygate" scandal in late 2017 exposed the Cupertino company as doing the very same thing. The authority also argued that Apple should have issued instructions about replacing the battery in the iPhone.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was released back in 2014.

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