Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Apple's iPhone Slow Down Got The Company Slapped With A Huge Lawsuit

GadgetsTech & Auto Apple admits to slowing down old models of iPhone so you have to buy another Jack Peat GadgetsTech & Auto Apple admits to slowing down old models of iPhone so you have to buy another Jack Peat
Jeannette Daniel | 24 December, 2017, 03:32

On Dec. 20, Apple admitted that it had been throttling the processing power on iPhones with older batteries, ostensibly to keep them working for longer.

They're seeking both California and nationwide class-action certification, which would cover all persons residing in the United States who have owned iPhone models older than the iPhone 8.

"We think they could have extended the phones' life if (Apple) had been more honest", he said.

'Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

The suit alleges that the slowing of old iPhones is meant to encourage users to upgrade, which isn't the case. One accuses it of trying to "fraudulently induce consumers to purchase the latest iPhone versions".

While there has been speculation that the company has been putting the brakes on aging handsets in a bid to encourage people to upgrade to newer models, Apple says that there's actually a different reason for old iPhones performing less impressively in benchmarks.


When Apple released iOS 10.2.1 in January 2017 code was included that addressed unexpected reboots on iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s phones.

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

Apple has been criticised for failing to make users aware of the practice before this week.

Apple has never released a device called the iPhone 7s.

Instead, Apple is only attempting to fix a known issue with iPhone battery degradation. 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. Poole wrote that he believed Apple made a decision to limit the phones' performance when battery condition declined.

David Reiff, co-founder and vice president of uBreakiFix, a chain of electronics fix stores, says that battery life expectancy for some phones can be as low as 300 to 500 charging cycles, which means that some users may not make it through a year before their battery performance starts to drop.

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