Apple faces lawsuits after admitting to slowing down older iPhones

Close-up image of power management IC chip on an iPhone 6 logic board

The company justified the move, saying that this is done only because as the phone ages, its battery performance also diminishes and slowing down helps prolonged the life of the device.

Apple on Wednesday had "acknowledged" that it was indeed throttling iPhone performance to preserve battery life.

The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago and seeks class-action status, is one of at least three Apple is facing involving the intentionally slowed iPhones.

Apple goes on to say that these updates are meant to address the issue of power demands but at the cost of performance, leading to a decrease in responsiveness.

A separate lawsuit filed by five customers who live in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, alleges that the tech giant "purposefully neglected to explain that the slowdowns in older model device performance and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices".

In a statement this afternoon, Apple explained that this "feature" was first implemented with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE previous year and most recently came to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.

They're seeking both California and nationwide class-action certification, which would cover all persons residing in the United States who have owned iPhone models older than the iPhone 8.

While Apple has admitted to the move and claimed it was for the customer's benefit, Mr Pool says the fact this is happening to a relatively new model of phone is "disappointing". The company said it was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7.

Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed Thursday, brought by plaintiffs in California and IL, arguing that Apple did not have consent to slow down their iPhones. However, it also does not give Apple the right to slow down devices without informing their users first. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", said Apple in the acknowledgement on Thursday. Just take it into a shop and have the battery replaced.

If your old iPhone is slowing down and you think Apple's throttling could be to blame, you don't need to phone a lawyer.

A second lawsuit against Apple, as reported by Chicago Sun Times, has also come into the limelight.



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