Apple’s never ending brush with the law has now reached it’s peak and court cases all over America as well as Canada are due to take place. A brief explanation would be that Apple is slowing down their devices so that more consumers will go out there and get a new phone quicker. If Apple had their way, an Apple a day would be the release schedule if they thought consumers could afford it. So, undoubtedly and not very surprisingly, there are quite a few furious consumers who deserved an explanation. The explanation obviously proved to be ‘not good enough’ so now Apple is in court battling countless legal battles.
Apple continues to be in the line of fire for slowing older iPhones. Primate Labs founder and Geekbench’s John Poole and Apple Canada testified in front of the House of Commons who are in charge of the situation and how Apple handled it. Poole answered multiple questions while also evading the wrath of more consumers quite tactfully. He was given the task of explaining things in regard to the technical side. In response to the question, ‘Is throttling was different between iPhones in Canada and the United States’ he said he didn’t think that was true. He also added that:
“in this case, it’s not based on performance, it’s based on battery.”
When talking about whether Apple misrepresented the phone to the public, he said that he thought that slowing down the phones would invariably help the consumers but there is no way for the consumers to know it is happening. Apple Canada’s representatives Jacqueline Famulak and Simon Potter gave mostly prepared answers and statements which basically repeated what Tim Cook said in the US. In defence, Famulak stated that:
“Whenever we issue a software update, we include a ReadMe note which has a description of the content of the update for the customer to review prior to the software installation. In the case of iOS 10.2.1, we stated that it improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone.”
Famuluk did not give actual figures of how many consumers have accepted the discounted batteries. There maybe legal investigations after the committee meeting and Apple is facing government inquiries in other countries as well.
Apple’s council appeared voluntarily and not through a subpoena.