Apple Hit with Lawsuit Over Intentionally Slowing Down Old iPhones

24 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

For years conspiracy theorists kept saying that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones with iOS updates in order to sell droves of new models. Los Angeles residents, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas have already filed a lawsuit with the U.S District Court for the Central District of California.

Two people from Chicago, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, claim that Apple's iOS updates were created to "purposefully slow down the performance speeds" of the phones "fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple".

Apple says it's taking on the issue of older lithium ion batteries that sometimes fail phones.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", the Apple statement reads. So far, however, users that were pointing out how Apple was willingly handicapping their devices to force them to upgrade had no facts to back up their claims.

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


In addition to these lawsuits, Apple's admission about slowing down older iPhones in order to help extend the life of each phone's battery may reignite the debate regarding right to fix legislation.

The plaintiffs claim they are therefore entitled to compensation, including for the replacement of an old phone, loss of use and value, purchase of new batteries, and losses in the form of deprivation of the value of their iPhones. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling mechanism in iOS 11.2. As far as Apple offering battery replacement as a service, beyond what they now do for defective batteries, would be a little complicated as I assume it would have implications for the warranty.

Now if the verdict goes in the favor of the plaintiffs, then every individual who has owned an iPhone before the iPhone 8 is expected to be compensated.

However, that reasoning is not sitting over well with even some of Apple's most devoted fans.

Has your old iPhone been performing sluggishly? The company has long faced criticism from fix advocates for making its batteries hard for users to replace on their own. Bogdanovich, like a lot of long-time iPhone owners believes this tactic is a ploy by Apple to convince people to buy new phones.

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