In October 2018, the Italian antitrust regulator Autorit Garante Della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) issued a fine to Apple after investigating a complaint about the slow operation of the device. At that time, the accusation also targeted Samsung.
Apple’s 10 million euro fine consists of two parts. The first 5 million euros is the same as the fine imposed on Samsung, but Apple has a second 5 million euro fine because it did not provide users with advice on how to properly maintain or replace iPhone batteries.
Apple tried to appeal the verdict but was rejected by the Lazio Regional Administrative Court. Apple raised some objections in the complaint, including claims that the court did not conduct sufficient technical tests on the alleged deliberate slowdown, lack of evidence, distortion of the facts, and serious errors in the investigators’ logic.
Despite Apple ’s protest, the court held that the regulator believed that information related to battery use and aging should have been provided to consumers. This idea is correct. The court also dismissed Apple ’s appeal against the regulator ’s investigation and prosecution, and ultimately dismissed Apple ’s overall appeal.
As part of the ruling, Apple will also have to pay the cost of the appeal judgment in the amount of 7,000 euros.
The “speed reduction door” was discovered, Apple apologized and launched a plan to temporarily reduce the cost of battery replacement beyond the warranty period from $ 79 to $ 29, and then in the later software Added battery health feature in the update.