Apple Inc has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m). For deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.
The fine was imposed by France’s DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned.
In 2017, Apple confirmed that it did slow down some iPhones. But said it only did so to prolong the life of the devices.
Apple said in a statement that it had resolved the issue.
Many customers had long suspected that Apple slowed down older iPhones. To encourage people to upgrade when a new one was released.
In 2017, the company confirmed it did slow down some models as they aged. But not to encourage people to upgrade.
It said the lithium-ion batteries in the devices became less capable. Of supplying peak current demands, as they aged over time.
That could result in an iPhone unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
So, it released a software update for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE which “smoothed out” battery performance.