ALL THE FREAKIN' LOVE to France, man. First off, for inventing crepes...because holy bajeezus are they delicious.
But in all seriousness, know how for YEARS, we've all made the joke that Apple purposely sets a time limit on their iPhones to either start malfunctioning, slowing down in service, or having its battery drained a lot quicker.
WELP. France is convinced it's legit, too. So much so that they're launching an investigation into whether or not Apple is guilty of "deception and planned obsolescence." And while they didn't make a comment about France's investigation, they DID post a blog last month addressing the whole issue in general:
First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. It should go without saying that we think sudden, unexpected shutdowns are unacceptable. We don’t want any of our users to lose a call, miss taking a picture or have any other part of their iPhone experience interrupted if we can avoid it.