Apple Sued by US Nationals After Admitted to Slow Down Older iPhones

Dec 24, 2017, 00:47
Apple Sued by US Nationals After Admitted to Slow Down Older iPhones

They describe Apple's practice as "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" and say the company engineered iOS updates to "purposefully slow down or "throttle down" the performance speeds" of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7, the report says.

Plaintiffs Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California.

Following yesterday's revelation that it slows down older iPhones to help manage batter wear, Apple today has been hit with its first class action lawsuit over the tactic. Both plaintiffs are owners of iPhone 7 handsets as well as several previous generations.

The legal trouble comes a day after Apple said it does slow down iPhones as a way to protect aging batteries on the devices.

Apple did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

Earlier, Apple said it was indeed slowing down some older phones as they age.

Apple had previously acknowledged battery problems in some iPhone 6s devices that meant the phones would suddenly shut down and offered to replace batteries affected by the issue.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple told CNBC. The price is $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax.

And many people tend to upgrade their smartphones every two years, tallying with 24 month phone contracts, which would also suggest that by the time battery degradation starts to be fully felt people will be ready for a new phone regardless. Either its operating systems are draining so much power with greedy apps that phones crash, making people unhappy, or the company creates a fix that causes phones to slow down but not to completely keel over unexpectedly... making people unhappy because they suspect it of hiding the truth about simply needing new (rather affordable) batteries.

Apple is now facing multiple lawsuits in the USA after the company disclosed it was intentionally slowing down select iPhones with worn out batteries.

Consumers seem to believe that Apple's motives were less than honest. "But you could also just get a new battery for about $80". And this is the choice Apple made: let the phone just run at full speed and kill the prematurely aged batteries or slow down the phone so the battery would last longer.

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