Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

The lawsuit comes in the wake of news that Apple reduces the performance on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 as their batteries wear out and no longer hold a full charge. Do you agree with Apple's fix?

"As a result of Defendant's wrongful actions, Plaintiffs and Class Members had their phone slowed down, and thereby it interfered with Plaintiffs' and Class Members' use or possession of their iPhones", the lawsuit reads according to the lawsuit obtained by WCBS.

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. The lawsuit accuses Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when the new ones came out.

The iThing maker didn't give much by way of explanation: just that it was affecting only "a very small number of iPhone 6s" manufactured between September and October 2015. Had they known they could have improved their phones' performance by replacing the batteries, they would not have spent more to buy the new phones, the lawsuit says.

James Vlahakis, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Chicago lawsuit, said he has been contacted by more iPhone users who say they suffered the same problem and is considering amending the lawsuit to include a request for Apple to provide battery replacements or offer refunds to consumers who purchased devices unnecessarily.

If Apple is going to drop the performance of a smartphone because of poor battery life, it should replace an iPhone's battery at no charge.

This seems to take advantage of Apple's admission that appeared earlier this week.

iPhone users have begun racing to courthouses, infuriated by an Apple software update that slowed down the operation of their smartphones.

Past year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.

The company said it did this not to force people to upgrade, but to stop iPhones from drawing more power from the battery than it's capable of, causing the device to suddenly shut off.

I do agree that more transparency could have helped users feel less blindsided. The throttling only kicks in if your phone has an inefficient battery.

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