Apple iPhone explodes, injures a repairman in Zurich

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Apple is now facing questions from a top Republican senator about its practice of slowing down older iPhones with aging batteries after stirring controversy last month when it revealed the practice. The company's admission came after a study in December concluded that Apple was intentionally slowing its iPhones down.

In countries such as France, "planned obsolescence" is against the law.

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Apple maintains that the slowdowns are to save battery life and not to encourage consumers to buy new iPhones.

Earlier this week Mac Rumors obtained an internal document distributed to Apple's retail stores and Authorized Service Providers this week acknowledges that iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries are in short supply and won't be available until late March to early April in the United States and other regions. Approximately 30 class action suits have been filed around the world against the iPhone maker, with some global regulators already investigating Apple's decision to slow down older iPhones packing chemically aged batteries without telling customers. It was reported yesterday that one of Apple's iPhone batteries caught fire at the Cupertino-based tech firm's Zurich store.

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In fact, the company is now facing an extraordinary number of class-action lawsuits both in the US and overseas. Yesterday's incident in Zurich gave an Apple employee minor burns, fortunately no major injuries were caused by the iPhone 6s battery. These the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and iPhone SE. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

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But at least now you can get a $29 mea culpa from Apple - even if you have to wait for it.

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