Apple Admitted it Slows Down Old iPhones. Now it Faces a Lawsuit

Hopefully this one still holds a full charge

But now it's facing a class action lawsuit in the U.S. which alleges Apple has been "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out" and "failing to properly disclose that at the time that the parties entered into an agreement".

In a piece by CNN, Apple has stated that their "goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", but consumers aren't convinced.

This week, Apple admitted that it throttled the performance of older iPhones and said the feature was meant to prolong the life of its products.

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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.

A class-action lawsuit filed in California by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, alleges the throttling of iPhone performance caused them to suffer "economic damages and other harm for which they are entitled to compensation". Both plaintiffs are owners of iPhone 7 handsets as well as several previous generations. Apple has acknowledged it does take some steps to reduce power, when an older battery is having trouble doing what the phone's processor demands. TeckFire did some research, replaced the iPhone 6S battery, and, along with other older iPhone users, reported that the new battery actually made the phone run faster.

The allegations were in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago federal court on behalf of five iPhone owners from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, all of whom say they never would have bought new iPhones had Apple told them that simply replacing the batteries would have sped up their old ones.

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are not safe from this and have been subject to similar treatment through the iOS update 11.2 as well. A press release for one of the lawsuits, led by the Atlas Consumer Law group in IL, says Apple's "iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very objective in mind-fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple".

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery.

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

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Apple hasn't responded to the reports of these lawsuits so far.

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