Apple fails to get $11.1 million fine by Italy’s AGCM overturned

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Apple failed to overturn a 10 million euro (approximately US$11.1 million) fine lived against it by the Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), Italy’s anti-trust agency, reports iMore.

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In October 2018, the AGCM fined Apple and Samsung 5 million euros (about $5.7 million) each following complaints they used software updates to slow down their mobile phones, The former was fined another 5 million euro fine for not giving clients clear information on how to maintain or replace smartphone batteries. Italian consumer groups had complained that software updates for mobile phones reduced the functionality of the devices and were designed to push clients into buying new handsets.

The “batterygate” issue saw Apple sued in different countries for throttling iPhone processing performance in phones with older batteries. The tech published an apology letter and offered $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. 

The $11.1 million was upheld in new judgment from a court in the country. The AGCM said Apple’s iPhone battery data to customers contained omissions and insufficient information.


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