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Global backlash spreads over Apple slowing down iPhones

by Daniel W

00:10
Global anger is growing following the news that Apple intentionally slows down the iPhone. In response to this news, some governments and consumer groups are now filing complains, opening investigations and even suing the company .

00:026
Apple claims it has done nothing wrong. It argues that software updates mean iPhones won’t just suddenly shut down and it would never deliberately shorten the lifespan of its products.

00:39
Apple has now apologized and is offering cheaper replacement batteries to customers. In addition, they will provide an update for iPhone that will give users more information about the battery.

00:50
However, this news was not enough to satisfy some governments and consumer groups.

00:56
In the United States, more than 30 lawsuits have been filed in different courts around the country, including one from an iPhone user who claims he has suffered emotional distress after the software update. Most of the lawsuits were filed because users are unhappy Apple slowed down their phones without informing them first.

01:18
Apple has also been criticized by US senator John Thune of South Dakota, who said the company should have admitted what its doing to customers.

01:29
In South Korea, a consumer pressure group is suing Apple, claiming the company is intentionally damaging users’ phones.

01:38
In France, the government has opened a case against Apple after a consumer group complained. It is a crime for any company in the country to slow down its products to force customers to buy new ones, so If found guilty, Apple executives could be fined or even jailed.

導讀人:Daniel W
專門研究語言學,能用簡易的概念解釋進階的詞彙。


 

#key words

backlash (n.) - a strong public reaction against something

outcry (n.) - an expression of strong anger or disapproval by many people : a reaction showing that people are angry or unhappy about something

(take/get) heat (n.) - criticism or abuse

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