Apple has responded to news that it is being probed by the U.S. government for purposely slowing down older iPhones. 

Apple confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation is underway, but it is in its early stages. “We have received questions from some government agencies, and we are responding to them,” an Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg, stressing "we never—and would never—do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades."

The tech giant also shared the following statement with Mashable:

"About a year ago, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on certain iPhones with older batteries. We know that iPhones have become an important part of the daily lives of our customers and our intention was to improve the customer experience."

"We sought to further improve the customer experience in December by announcing a significant discount on replacement batteries for certain iPhones. We also announced that we began developing a new iOS feature to show battery health and which would recommend when the user should consider replacing their battery. These actions were taken to further assist our customers and help extend the life of their iPhones. In addition, users will be able to see if the power management feature is being used to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and turn if off if they so choose. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user release this Spring."

"As we told our customers in December, 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. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. Making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that."

"We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them."

Last month, Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones. The reasoning behind the delay was to use software updates that prevented the batteries from shutting down unexpectedly. They issued an apology along with a $50 discount on replacement batteries for the iPhone 6 and older models.

"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," the statement read"Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”