The Korea Communications Commission has asked Apple for an explanation regarding its practice of slowing down older iPhone models, reports The Korea Herald. It’s not a formal investigation yet, but it could be indicative of things to come.

The Korean broadcasting and telecom regulator has formally sought an explanation from Apple on allegations that it tried to defraud customers by deliberately slowing down devices without warning, according to industry sources on Dec. 28. 

“We are hoping to get some answers on whether Apple intentionally restricted the performance of old iPhones and tried to hide this from customers,” said the Korea Communications Commission.

Earlier this month, Apple admitted that the rumors that it has been throttling older iPhone models is true. Last year the company released a new feature in iOS that it says helps prevent random shutdowns in iPhones with weaker batteries.

The problem is, a lot of folks see this as a way for Apple to force users to upgrade to newer iPhone models. Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed, including one that is seeking a ridiculous $999 billion payout from the Cupertino firm.

Source: The Korea Hearald

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Apple geniuses… ?

  • CuBoy531

    Apple has provided an answer. Do they not know how to read? They should question why Samsung phones are slow and obsolete brand new out of the box. What an electronic waste. Instant obsolescence for Samsung

    • Rowan09

      They should investigate why my S7 Edge is so slow with barely nothing on it.

      • Chris Angel

        They should investigate why you have no life and still wanna be a fanboy.

      • Rowan09

        I own both devices so…..? I guarantee I own more Android devices than you do. Because I’m stating a fact my S7 Edge is very slow with barely nothing on it while my iPhone 6 is just like I remembered it on IOS 10.3.3, my father in law iPhone 5 still fine and my sister in laws iPhone 5s still works great on IOS 11. If we are trying to compare which company gives support for the older devices it’s not even close. I still can’t get the latest OS for my S7 Edge.

      • Vaishnav Santhosh

        I have an S7 Edge and it’s fast. Using a custom ROM too. I think you have too much stuf or you dropped your phone.

      • Rowan09

        Nope. I only use the S7 for hacking fire sticks and nothing else. The phone is not unbearable, but not as fast as when I bought it is my point. It’s not any faster than my daughters iPhone 6s.

      • Chris Angel

        You are technologically challenged, there are tons of 8.0 roms for S7.

        And remind me again how many hours of battery life do these old suckers give?
        They can barely do anything now without giving the low battery notification.

    • Chris Angel

      We got a fabricated explanation of lies and people who are stupid and dumb enough (like you) bought this explanation. And S8 is fast af, try using a device before throw your ugly comments from your ugly life.

  • Cerberus The Wise

    People are seriously overreacting. If Apple really wanted to force you to upgrade, they wouldn’t bother trying to maintain your battery. They’d just let your phone randomly crash and die. Easier to deal with a slower phone than a dead one. How’s that for a forced upgrade?

    • h4nd0fg0d

      None of that really matters, Apple gave this dispute. All of which could have been alleviated by transparency. It’s more an issue of Apple not being as smart as they think and others not being as stupid as Apple thinks or maybe just doesn’t think. Cheers

      • Cerberus The Wise

        I agree, transparency would’ve been much better here.

    • Urname

      The problem is this happens only after a year of owning the phone, so regardless of whether your phone becomes slower or randomly crashes and dies – neither should be a problem after only 365days. It’s one of the key reasons people choose iPhones over Android phones – that iPhones are built to last.

      • Cerberus The Wise

        Sorry to break it to you but nothing lasts forever. If I were to give you 2 iPhone 7s, one that is brand new and one that has been slightly slowed down, I really doubt you could tell one from the other.

      • Urname

        Obviously.

        One year is not forever. What kind of idiot would equate 365 days to forever?

        And I can definitely tell the difference between my 6s pre and post update.

      • Cerberus The Wise

        One year is not a lot to you of course, but that’s a considerable portion of a battery’s life span. And I’m talking about 2 phones on the exact same firmware, one has a new battery while the other doesn’t. You won’t be seeing a night and day difference in how long Snapchat loads up.

    • Chris Angel

      What about iPhone’s automatically getting updated overnight. They download the lastest firmware and we have no option to turn that setting off. Btw you suck.

      • Cerberus The Wise

        And bug fixes and improvements installing themselves is an issue how..?
        Also, direct attacks get you nowhere in debates :p

      • techfreak23

        Yeah this guy did the same thing to me and then continued to say that he wasn’t going to read my rebuttal. Called me an “Little arrogant ugly kid” and didn’t know what he was talking about. Probably grew up getting bullied…

      • techfreak23

        They don’t get updated automatically overnight. The only thing it does is download the update when you’re on WiFi so that it’s ready to go when you go to update it. You then have to enter your passcode to allow it to install.

  • nonchalont

    I call bs on Apple saying the phone will shut down randomly. Prove it Apple. Other older phones (LG, Samsung) don’t shut down randomly. I was wondering why my friends first LG phone was running faster and very much smoother than my iPhone 4 and iPhone 5s.

    Another question would be how often would the phone shut down if throttling/battery wasn’t an issue? Apple forces users to upgrade to keep their shareholders happy and money in their pockets. Apple is a great company, but it boils down to common sense for any company ….profits!

    • Rowan09

      Your theory is wrong because iPhones get the latest OS for about 4-5 years. I mean the 5s can get the latest OS. Try getting the newest OS on a Note 2 or S6 Edge.

      • nonchalont

        The thing is, those older android phones run smooth on their old os whereas Apples are laggy and slow on their old os.

      • Rowan09

        I have an old Android and new one and that’s just not true (Note 2 and S7 Edge). Plus this issue being mentioned is about IOS 10 devices from my knowledge and fixed once you change the battery. I don’t even see the issue here. I also have my sister in law with a 5s on the newest OS working fine and father in law with a 5c working fine as well. If people are expecting their 6 to run like the X or 8 then that’s the real issue because it won’t.

      • Chris Angel

        I am sorry that you are technically challenged. Android phones can receive latest updates via custom rom.

    • techfreak23

      They don’t need to prove it at this point because that was happening to the 6s’s and some 6’s last year, which is why they introduced the feature on the 6 and 6s with iOS 10.2. None of the other iPhones currently have that enabled. Do some reading before you make stupid comments.

      • Chris Angel

        Do your research first little arrogant ugly kid. 6’s had a physical battery problem not related to the software so those batteries had to be replaced. People like you should be put on an island named ‘Island of Dummies’.

      • techfreak23

        lol someone must have been called a freak and made fun of growing up judging by your profile picture.
        You are talking about a specific issue with a limited number of batteries in certain 6s’s. Apple launched a replacement program to deal with that issue. What I was talking about in my comment above is a different issue that came up which is what everyone is now talking about. There were iPhone 6’s, 6 pluses, 6s’s, and 6s pluses that were randomly shutting off around 20-30% and Apple addressed it with 10.2.1.
        I was a certified technician for a premium Apple service provider for 3 years, so I saw both of these issues firsthand.
        YOU should try to do a little more research before you come in being rude and trying to be clever with your little insults. You should have your own little planet called “Planet of the Dummies.” GTFO.

      • Chris Angel

        Blah blah blah, I am not going to read this. Blah blah blah.

      • techfreak23

        lol because you know you are wrong. Great way to enter an argument ??

    • Have you never used an old phone? You see, batteries degrade over time, when you buy a new phone, y our phone will power down at 0% (safely) if your battery is designed to have, lets say 1000mah capacity, the phone knows it. Over time your battery will lose its capability to refill all the power cells and will become able to hold, say 800mah. Can you see where this is going?
      When a battery degrades, it also degrades its ability to not only hold charge, but to also transfer it. If a processor takes too much power at a time from a battery that can not handle the charge transfer, it will not be able to function and will thus, power down.

      Android, Macs, Laptops, you name it will all act the same. Your statement about common sense proves that you didn’t think anything through. Please try harder next time you want to try and sound cool ^^

  • n0ahcruz3

    Well that is why i dont update my iOS after 1 year of usage, because i had my suspicions. Updating and low memory i think contributes to slowing trust me been using iPhone since 3G.

  • MisterMike

    Sorry to break it to you but nothing lasts forever. If I were to give you 2 iPhone 7s, one that is brand new and one that has been slightly slowed down, I really doubt you could tell one from the other.

  • burge

    South Korea, That’s pronounced Samsung. And they want to know how Apple ar doing it.

  • Chris Angel

    What a joke asking for explanation. Apple will never ever accept that it intentially slowed down older phones so people buy new. Only words that will come out of Apple are the same old lies it’s calling ‘duh, we did it improve product life’.

    • Rowan09

      Please explain since you know so much? What exactly happens with these slowed devices?

      • Chris Angel

        They are shipped to poor people like you.

      • Rowan09

        Great that would make me rich very soon if true. I wouldn’t anywhere in America be considered poor by the way.

  • The thing is, this wouldn’t have been a problem if Apple released documentation when debuting the feature. Computers, cars and even my hair removal laser set goes it. They all get hot, then lower performance to cool themselves. Why do people care if something throttles itself to save it from abruptly turning off to prevent data loss and or fire?

    People don’t complain that a company stole money off them when their computer can’t play a game despite meeting the minimum requirements because they also want to stream their games too which overloads the system.
    Apple just has this image of being perfect, wether your an Android person or an iOS person, Apple has always been the one that other companies look to for inspiration. In this case, they done f#cked up by not announcing this feature. If they did (and possibly included an in-system opt-out) then I’d bet money that other OSs would have bundled this feature by now.

    • Icebox766

      Apple has a culture of not being transparent. “It just works!” Its magic! So apple knows best and doesn’t feel the need to tell you when they make decisions that are best for you.