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Apple now faces lawsuits for deliberately slowing down older iPhones

24 December 2017

Pic: Getty ImagesTwo class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the USA following the tech giant's admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. The failure of communication is used by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, who sued Apple in the Central District Court of California.

Apple is facing at least two different lawsuits after admitting Wednesday that it slows down older iPhones, according to multiple reports. The plaintiffs are trying to seek the case for all owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the US.

Interestingly, it's possible both of these lawsuits could have been avoided had Apple just been more upfront about what its software updates were doing.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", an Apple statement said.

Apple has confessed: It quietly put a throttle into older model iPhones - 6, 6s, and SE - to keep their CPUs sedated and to hence stop their doddering batteries from suddenly fainting. 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.

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Consumers seem to believe that Apple's motives were less than honest. They also allege it intentionally interfered with the phones to damage them, which became a "substantial factor in causing (iPhone owners) to replace iPhones, buy new batteries", or lose the use of their phones.

In a statement this afternoon, Apple explained that this "feature" was first implemented with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE previous year and most recently came to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.

Perhaps in recent years you noticed your iPhone slowing down as it got older, especially when the battery was running low.

While not specifically asking about what role battery life plays with upgrades we did ask how it influences purchase decision and came to see that, once again battery life is more of a driver for Android users than iPhone users.

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. Two other lawsuits were filed in California, also Thursday.

Apple now faces lawsuits for deliberately slowing down older iPhones