“Israel’s consumer protection bureau said on Tuesday it was investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones,” Reuters reports. “The Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority said in a statement it had questioned the head of Apple in Israel, Rony Friedman.”

“A spokesman at the Authority said it had the power to levy significant fines in civil proceedings,” Reuters reports, “but that it was too early to discuss such a possibility.”

“Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows phones with weak batteries. It apologised and cut the price of battery replacements for affected phones,” Reuters reports. “Critics say Apple has obfuscated the fact that a worn-out battery not only fails to hold a charge but also degrades the phone’s performance – and that this lack of transparency has pushed people to buy a new phone rather than a new battery.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Again, Apple deserves what’s coming on this one. Hopefully, when all is said and done and paid, the company will have learned an important lesson about transparency and communication with their customers.

As has almost always been the case with Apple, unfortunately, transparency comes later, not sooner, and usually as a reaction to negative publicity. A simple Knowledge Base article would have preempted all of this Reddit sleuthing and the attendant handwringing and erroneous presumptions.MacDailyNews, December 20, 2017

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