Nearly one year after reports began circling about Apple’s throttling of older iPhones with degraded batteries, Italy’s antitrust authority is now fining Apple 10 million euros (about $11.5 million USD) for „planned obsolescence“ of its smartphones (via The Korea Herald). The fine on Apple follows Italy’s investigation into iPhone battery slowdowns that began back in January, and the Italian authority is also fining Samsung $5.7 million for similar reasons.
In a statement, the Italian authority said that „Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices“ with their respective smartphones, thanks to operating [...]
Apple Maps now includes transit information for Estonia and the city of Rome, Italy, enabling users in the areas to navigate with public transportation.
In Rome, transit data covers the city’s public metro lines, buses, and tram routes, as well as the local Trenitalia network which includes the Leonardo Express that connects Roma Termini station and Roma Fiumicino airport in Lazio.
Transit coverage across Estonia includes the capital Tallinn’s bus, tram, trolleybus, and Elron train services, as well as local links to the country’s national rail network reaching through Tartu, Pärnu, and Narva.
The public transport information can be [...]
Italy and South Korea on Thursday joined a growing list of countries in which class-action lawsuits and government investigations into Apple’s iPhone battery slowdowns are underway.
Italy’s antitrust body revealed it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple used iOS updates to slow older smartphones and push clients into buying new models (via Reuters). The Italian watchdog said Apple had failed to inform customers that the updates might have a negative impact on the performance of their phones, suggesting the company might have infringed four separate articles of the national consumers‘ code.
In a first among the recent wave of battery [...]
Apple Pay continues its global expansion today with several new participating banks, and more coming soon, in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.
In France, Apple says Apple Pay will be available later this year to Banque BCP and Arkéa Banque Privée customers, and through mobile-only banking and/or payment solutions Orange Bank, Lydia, and N26.
In Italy, as promised, Apple Pay is available now for American Express credit cards issued directly by American Express.
In Ireland, Apple Pay is available now at AIB, one of the so-called „Big Four“ financial institutions in the country.
In Spain, Apple says Apple Pay will be [...]