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States push on with probe into Apple’s iPhone throttling


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The news of “Batterygate” broke in 2017, but some states are supposedly still investigating.
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The Attorney General of Arizona is reportedly looking into Apple’s practice of slowing down the performance of older iPhones to preserve battery life.

Apple admitted it was doing this back in 2017, and gave users control of if and when it happens. But the investigation by the Arizona AG goes on.

Attorneys punished for discussing confidential Apple documents in court


Anti-robocall bill is one step closer to being passed into law
Apple asked for the lawyers to be booted from the case.
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Two attorneys have been sanctioned for sharing proprietary Apple information as part of a lawsuit.

Lawyers Joseph Cotchett and Mark Molumphy from the firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy repeatedly referenced confidential Apple documents during a public hearing in May. The hearing concerned the fallout from Apple’s iPhone throttling controversy from a couple years back.

Italy fines Apple $11.4 million for throttling older iPhones


France fines Apple $27 million for intention iPhone 'throttling' controversy
Samsung had to pay up as well.
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Italy’s antitrust watchdog has fined Apple 10 million euros ($11.4 million) for slowing down iPhones with aging batteries. The country also hit Samsung with a fine of 5 million euros ($5.7 million) for issuing software updates to artificially slow down its mobile phones.

Apple’s got slapped with an extra 5 million euros for failing to give customers clear information about maintaining and replacing iPhone batteries.

At WWDC, Apple atones for Silicon Valley’s sins


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With its upcoming software, Apple addresses some Silicon Valley's most egregious abuses.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac After a particularly rough patch for the tech industry, Apple used yesterday’s WWDC keynote to atone for some of Silicon Valley’s biggest sins. The company showcased key features in its upcoming operating systems that reinforce the fact that it thinks different about how technology should work.

Undoubtedly eager to position itself as one of the good guys, Apple directly responded to some of the biggest tech scandals of the past year.

Everything new in iOS 11.3 beta 1


iOS 11.3 Beta 1
iOS 11.3 Beta 1 adds Messages on iCloud, new Animojis and more.
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Apple’s latest update for developers, iOS 11.3 beta 1, brings plenty of new features and tweaks. It’s available now. And while it’s just the first of many likely betas to come before the iOS 11.3 release this spring, it offers a glimpse of the future.

Check out our latest video to see all the latest changes in action.

Italy investigates Apple and Samsung for slowing down phones


This is the first time Samsung has been called into question for slowing down its handsets.
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Italy is the latest country to throw its hat into the ring when it comes to investigating Apple for its purposeful slowing down of older iPhone devices.

In doing so, it joins countries including BrazilSouth Korea, China and France, which have all questioned Apple about its iPhone-throttling software update. In a new twist, however, Italy is also investigating Apple rival Samsung.