Apple Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old Phones

Laverne Mann
December 24, 2017

This week Apple acknowledged it slows iPhone 6, 6s, SE and 7 models to prevent problems with batteries that are old, in cold conditions or low on power, such as devices that would unexpectedly shut down, according to the lawsuit.

California residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed the class action lawsuit.

Both plaintiffs in the case say they're owed compensation from Apple for "economic damages and other harm" they "suffered interferences to their iPhone usage due to the intentional slowdowns". The ability to renew your device through software is exactly why iPhone owners see their phone choice as a good investment and hold on to it.

"Apple purposefully declined to make these disclosures because it knew that consumers would, more likely than not, purchase a new device", the lawsuit alleges. That's the exact opposite of what many people are claiming online: Apple is intentionally slowing down iPhones to trick owners into buying new models. Apple addressed the issue yesterday and presented the throttling as a power management feature, one that would eventually prolong the life of the iPhone and its battery.

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Apple rubbished those claims, and stressed that their only goal is to enhance the customers experience. While there are some obvious gray areas about how Apple handled the rollout of this battery/performance balancing tactic, the lawsuit fails to take into account the technical side of the feature and how all lithium-ion batteries are subject to normal wear.

No, you're not insane: on Wednesday, Apple confirmed a longstanding conspiracy theory, admitting that it has been throttling the performance of older iPhones since 2016.

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. In fact, majority observed a sudden spike in power once they replaced the ageing battery with the newer ones.

If your old iPhone is slowing down and you think Apple's throttling could be to blame, you don't need to phone a lawyer. The filers claim that Apple is in violation of consumer protection laws about deceptive business practices. Those batteries might not be able to avoid unexpected shutdowns, the company says, so it's just doing users a favor.

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