USA govt steps in to question Apple over iPhone slowdown mess

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Apple has come under fire recently over the slowing down of older iPhones with aging batteries.

However it seems that their apology and battery replacement program isn't enough to appease the masses, and now it looks like the United States government has Apple in their crosshairs.

Now Senator John Thune who is the Chairman of the Commerce Committee has written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking him a number of questions about the handsets being slowed down.

Thune's questions seek answers on if Apple throttles iPhones older than the iPhone 6 and 6S as they age, if the company has tracked consumer complaints about the slowed performance and if Apple would offer rebates to those who already purchased new batteries before the company started offering discounted rates.

Zurich police said the incident occurred as the fix worker was removing the battery, which overheated and burned his hand slightly. apple has not given any explanation for the incident.

The pressure from the USA follows action by the French government.

Now, an out-of-warranty iPhone battery costs $50 less - $29 instead of original price $79 - for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in January and available worldwide through December 2018.

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Apple's battery woes are continuing.

Apple Inc. faces a French criminal probe into allegations from consumer groups that it's deliberately shortening the life of iPhones.

The controversy stems from Apple's mobile operating software, iOS, which the company has slowed down on older phones in order to improve battery performance on those devices.

Apple had no immediate comment beyond the police statement.

As Apple works to win back customer trust, the company is expected to take a financial hit.

By not recognizing the battery-related performance problems earlier, Apple also basically acknowledged that it doesn't test new releases of iOS on iPhones with older batteries.