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Apple Faces Yet Another Congressional Inquiry Over Slowing Down Phones

Sen. John Thune sent a letter to Apple asking the tech giant to explain itself early last week. This similar letter comes from House Republicans.

By NTK Staff | 01.16.2018 @1:30pm
Apple Faces Yet Another Congressional Inquiry Over Slowing Down Phones

House Republicans sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for answers regarding Apple’s decision to slow down its phones.

It’s the second such letter that Apple has received from Congress in less than a week. Early last week, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a similar letter to Cook demanding answers from the giant tech company.

Four U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Friday wrote Apple Inc (AAPL.O) chief executive Tim Cook asking him to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.

The California-based company apologized over the issue on Dec. 28, cut battery replacement costs and said it will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good. The letter also said they were concerned about reports that an iPhone battery overheated and began to emit smoke in Switzerland.

Consumer outrage forced the company to offer cheaper battery replacements for its phones, but it’s unclear at the moment what the congressional inquiries will uncover. Thune’s letter requested a response by Jan. 23.

The website 9to5Mac, which follows Apple news closely, was skeptical about Apple’s willingness to answer direct questions about its business practices.

“[I]t’s unlikely that Apple will offer any additional information in response to these requests,” Chance Miller of 9to5Mac wrote last week.

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