Apple responds to USgovernment probe into iPhone speed throttling

The results also revealed a record quarterly profit of £14 billion

USA authorities are investigating whether Apple violated securities laws concerning its disclosures about a software update that slowed older iPhone models, according to Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the investigation but did not say what information the US government has requested. For now, the investigators are considering the public statements made by Apple.

"We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them", Apple said in an email response to an AFP query.

"They have approached us and have requested for some 40-50 acres near about Bengaluru for manufacturing of Apple phones", RV Deshpande, Karnataka's minister of large, medium industries and infrastructure, told ET.

Another issue that came up with Apple in recent months is the revelation that the company throttled performance of older phones, slowing them down to prevent shutdowns as battery life became more depleted.

Meanwhile, a report by Reuters on Tuesday said analysts expect Apple to post a record revenue, like the company expects, and will reach its $87 billion guidance for the holiday quarter.

The US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating potential securities violations by tech giant Apple, The Wall Street Journal reported reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. Apple released a software update early in 2017 that throttled older iPhones, but didn't specify that the action slowed the devices. But it resulted in disappointing performance for users, according to CNN.

According to it, the software update has new features that will help users to monitor the condition of their batteries and safeguard against potential slow performance.

However, Apple seems to be coming with a solution for this problem, the upcoming iOS 11.3 update will allow users to utilise their Face ID in Ask to Buy instead of entering the password every time. Let us know in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, the company said that its battery replacement programme at a discounted cost will be available from late January through December 2018.

For its part, Apple has apologized to customers over the software update and dropped the price of battery replacements.



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