Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones

Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old 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. While it may be true that Apple really is trying to prolong the life of older devices with this feature, it's going to be hard dispel the initial thought that it's the company pushing people to upgrade every year - even if that's not the case.

Owners of iPhones have long said that their devices seem to slow down over time and that replacing the battery seems to boost performance.

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.

The lawsuits were filed in California and Chicago by groups of iPhone users representing others, who they claim have suffered "economic damage".

They filed the lawsuit after Apple acknowledged Wednesday for the first time that it installed a feature a year ago for iPhone 6, 6S and SE models that have a degraded and aged battery, to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

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Apple faces two class action lawsuits claiming that it deceived customers using an "immoral" tactic to slow down older phones.

The legal documents relating to the case do not reveal how much money the plaintiffs are hoping to win, although it states they are looking for compensation and the replacement of their devices. Apple says to prevent the iPhones from shutting down, it tweaked iOS to slow certain tasks that require more power.

The lack of concern for battery performance our study highlights would be quite different if older iPhones just died throughout the day.

John Poole, founder and president of Primate Labs - the company behind the GeekBench software that TeckFire and others used to track iPhone performance - on Monday published an analysis of iPhone 6s and 7 performance in which he said that the CPU fix would reinforce users' suspicions about planned obsolescence. A case that would eventually lead to the phone shutting off without warning. iOS 10.2.1 was created to reduce power consumption and smooth out the power draw spikes to prevent this from happening. However, it also does not give Apple the right to slow down devices without informing their users first. Apple didn't respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

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