France's Competition and Fraud body, DGCCRF, has fined Apple €25 million for intentionally slowing the performance of older iPhones.
The Paris Prosecutor's Office investigated a complaint against Apple and concluded that iPhone owners had not been informed that the intalled 10.2.1 and 11.2 iOS updates for their iPhones would likely slow down their devices.
The issue was seen by many as an attempt to force users to upgrade before they needed to. Apple eventually disclosed the feature and agreed to pay the fine.
The specific iOS updates, released in 2017, included a dynamic power management feature which, under certain conditions and especially when the battery s of a device was not new, could slow down the operation of the iPhone 6 / SE/ 7 models.
Unable to revert to the previous version of the operating system, many consumers have been forced to change their batteries or even buy a new phone.
Apple claimed that the slowdowns were intended to reduce the demand for CPU resources in older iPhone devices with old and slow battery performance.