Senator asks Apple questions about slowing iPhones

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that “the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency.”

It’s going to be a while before this goes away.



  • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

    All this is doing is making Apple think they should just let things lie. That is what Steve would have done. Tim tries and gets shot in the foot every time. The more you give, the more people want.The more you admit, the more people accuse.

    • Meaux

      That didn’t work in the iBooks case.

      Steve had a luxury that Tim didn’t have. For the vast majority of his career, he wasn’t running a market dominant company and therefore regulators are far less likely to stick their noses in Apple’s business. Now they’re the biggest kid in the block with all the attention and scrutiny that comes along with it.

    • The Cappy

      No. I think you’re 100% wrong in this case. This wouldn’t have been better if Apple had remained silent. Now that you know when and under what circumstances the CPU throttling takes place, isn’t it obvious to you that people would have 1) Noticed, and 2) Been able to prove that throttling was taking place? And once it was proven, the cry of “evil planned obsolescence” would ring out. This is something that a smart person should have known to get ahead of.

    • I’ve been shaking my head at reactions to Apple and wondering why anybody would bother staying in this industry much longer than Tim Cook’s been in charge. 🙂

      • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

        I know, you’ve got to give him credit. He does the right thing regardless. He’s got a lot of integrity. It’s more difficult, but the right way to do it. What I wrote above is obviously tongue in cheek. Although, not everyone seems to realise it. Sort of anyway, I am sure there at least a few people at Apple who wish they could get away with what they used to do.

        • Oh, yes, I think it’s certainly got better (worse?) in Tim Cook’s Apple. I used to just shake my head, now I’m facepalming.

          • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

            Let me put it this way, I don’t think Tim would ever say “you are holding it wrong”, while funny and even true to some degree, it’s not his way. Apple does need to be more transparent about these things and give users more choices, as in in this case, something to maybe adjust the level of responsiveness. People like to have more control. That being said, I still think it was the right thing to do, as in a phone shutting down is, IMO, much worse than temporarily slowing down.

          • I really wonder at the kind of person who would find their phone randomly shutting off an acceptable trade for an extra boost of speed. White, male, middle-aged, never go outside at night?

          • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

            Nosferatu? : )

  • The Cappy

    People were complaining about their iPhones having slowed down for a long time. If Apple had come forward immediately with their (frankly plausible-sounding) explanation from the beginning, I think everyone would have been okay with it. They might not have all agreed with the decision, since that never happens. But they mostly wouldn’t have imputed nefarious motives. It was the long silence that did it. They clearly sat around thinking no one would figure it out and force them to say what they’d done. Jeez, I hate even typing that sentence. It gives the appearance that there was something Apple didn’t want people to know, and that in turn invites people to think the worst, that there was something underhanded that Apple didn’t want people to know. This was seriously one of the stupidest mistakes I’ve seen Apple make in the past decade. (Though the multi-year-long neglect of Siri comes close… but it doesn’t seem like nearly the same kind of unforced, own-goal type of mistake)