Apple Hit With Second Class-Action Lawsuit for Slowing Down Older iPhones

Apple Hit With Second Class-Action Lawsuit for Slowing Down Older iPhones

Two iPhone users, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, filed a class-action breach-of-contract suit in California stating they basically never consented to allow Apple to slow their older iPhones.

The suit was filed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, by two people from IL, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, all of whom had a range of iPhone models between the 5 and 7. Apples slowing of these phones without telling customers is “deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information, ” according to the lawsuits press release. They say they would not have purchased newer, pricier iPhones had Apple disclosed that simply replacing the batteries would have sped up their older phones.

"Apple's iOS updates purposefully neglected to explain that its purposeful throttling down of older model devices and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices", the customers said in the Chicago lawsuit, filed this week.

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in mobile devices, and charging capacity naturally wanes with use and time.

When contacted by The Verge for comment about the controversy, Apple pretty much owned up to it, though the company stated it enacted this measure in order to fix battery issues and hardware failure.


The iPhone 6 made its debut in late 2014.

A recent report claimed that Apple was intentionally slowing down iPhone models well into their life cycles based on historical benchmark numbers.

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.

Apple is being sued by a number of people.

Rumors have persisted for years at tech news websites devoted to Apple products and among fans of the company's products that iPhone performance was being intentionally slowed, perhaps to push users to buy newer models.

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