Samsung and Apple handed huge fines for slowing down smartphones 2 years ago

Samsung and Apple handed huge fines for slowing down smartphones

An Italian court has ordered Apple and Samsung to pay major fines for slowing down their devices.

Consumers have often complained that their smartphones slow down significantly when the maker launches the latest version, and now an Italian court has ordered leading manufacturers Apple and Samsung to pay the price.

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An allegation made by Italy's consumer watchdog claimed: "Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices" and that operating system updates "caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones’ substitution".

Essentially, the court found that Apple and Samsung are responsible for intentionally slowing down the performance of their phones in order to make customers more likely to buy new ones.

Apple admitted last December that it does slow down the performances of its machines over time, claiming that they do so in order to prevent sudden shut downs of old batteries.

Samsung were hit with a fine of roughly €5million, whereas Apple's fine was twice the size — clocking in at roughly €10million.