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Apple’s Curious Response to Federal Investigators’ Throttling Inquiry

“We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement.

By NTK Staff | 01.31.2018 @2:30pm
Apple’s Curious Response to Federal Investigators’ Throttling Inquiry

The announcement that the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating tech giant Apple sent the company’s stock prices falling Tuesday.

The company released a statement to address the issue: “We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them,” the statement said.

But the most interesting line from the company’s statement followed:

“As we told our customers in December, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the statement said.

This carefully worded statement gets to the heart of an issue NTK Network has covered extensively: Apple’s decision to degrade the user experience.

While it may be true Apple has not degraded the user experience “to drive customer upgrades,” as the statement specifically says, Apple has, in fact, degraded the user experience for other reasons.

In April of last year, NTK reported on Qualcomm’s claims that Apple was throttling its modem chips inside certain iPhones to bring them down to the same speed as the phones using Intel modem chips.

Apple made the decision to use both chipmakers for its recent phones, and, in order to create a uniform user experience, decided it must slow down phones with the faster Qualcomm chip.

“Apple chose not to utilize certain high-performance features of the Qualcomm chipsets for the iPhone 7,” Qualcomm alleged in a lawsuit last spring.

So while Apple claims it hasn’t intentionally degraded the user experience “to drive customer upgrades,” they can’t make the same claim in more general terms.

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