Apple Faces Lawsuits Over Slowed iPhones

Posted December 24, 2017

In the California court papers, Stefan Boganovich and Dakota Speas, who both live in LA, cite loss of use, loss of value and the purchase of new batteries as reasons for compensation, claiming that iPhone owners never consented to the "interference".

This Wednesday, the founder of Geekbench, John Poole, alleged that Apple slows down old iPhones.

The case was brought by a number of people who have "owned iPhone 7, and iPhone 7s, or have owned older iPhone models for the past years".

Apple was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Global News. It came to the same conclusion saying that the older iPhones indeed ran slower with the latest version of iOS compared to a new phone or a phone with new battery. While it is possible to see the slowing down of devices as a way of prolonging their life, many iPhone owners will be asking why the company chose to wait so long to be honest about what it has been doing. Apple will do so for $79 (you can do it yourself for less, but with more risk), but some have called on Apple to replace the batteries for free.

"Last 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 this week. Some even argue that Apple should leave it to the consumer to decide what they want.

The company insists its software updates were actually created to prevent surprise shut downs and prolong battery life. The Cupertino based tech giant is also facing lawsuits alleging that Apple has reduced performance of older iPhones via software updates.

Apple is now facing multiple lawsuits in the United States after the company disclosed it was intentionally slowing down select iPhones with worn out batteries. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling mechanism in iOS 11.2.

Many iPhone users do not hide their disappointment and anger over Apple's revelation that the corporation intentionally reduces processor speed in "aging" versions of their smartphone line.

For instance, Todd Haselton at CNBC says Apple should replace iPhone batteries at no charge as to guarantee users a "certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product".

The fix was supposed to help people get more out of their ageing batteries, and "reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns", according to the company.