Apple is facing a new lawsuit in Europe over its controversial behavior of slowing down its old phones, and the group of European users who filed the lawsuit said it includes nearly 2 million iPhone devices, including the iPhone 6-6plus-6S-6S plus, in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Apple faced a backlash and lawsuits around the world after it admitted in 2017 that system updates designed to improve the performance of older iPhone batteries also slowed the performance of those devices, and that lawsuit against the company was reflected in the United States, where it led to a proposed settlement of $500 million dollars in March.
Last month, Apple paid 113 million to settle investigations in 34 US states on the same matter, including California and Arizona, and the European user group also said that their attempt to settle the dispute with Apple out of court failed, and the group is seeking financial compensation of 60 euros ( The equivalent of $72.3) per user, and if the lawsuit is successful, it could cost Apple 180 million euros ($217 million) in total depending on the estimated numbers of devices affected, but after protests from iPhone users, Apple apologized and only lowered the prices for battery replacement.
Apple has been accused in past and current lawsuits of deliberately slowing down its devices to get users to buy new devices, but the company has denied doing so. Organizations supporting the European user group in Belgium and Spain will raise cases with slowing devices on Wednesday, and the organization said it expects to follow this by raising cases in Italy and Portugal as well in the coming weeks. It expects to follow that up by raising cases in Italy and Portugal as well in the coming weeks.
In another context, Italy’s antitrust body fined Apple 10 million euros ($12 million) in 2018 after discovering that the company had misled users to install new system updates on older iPhones without warning them about the impact on their lives. The performance of the device In May, the Administrative Court in Italy fixed the penalty on the company after it filed an appeal, and the court’s decision established a legal basis for the class actions.