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Apple Hit With Class-Action Lawsuits Over Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco

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Lawsuits have been filed in several U.S. states against technology giant Apple after the company admitted to slowing down older iPhone models to keep them running longer.

According to a new report from The Mercury News, Apple on Thursday admitted slowing down outdated iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries, saying it is a way of protecting the devices’ components.

The first lawsuit was filed in California and requests that Apple stop reducing the processor speed of affected devices and pay compensation to affected customers. The plaintiff, in his argument, mentions that the decision taken by Apple was “never requested or agreed upon.” Additionally, he remarked that the decision was a concealed ploy for Apple to market its products every year.

The Chicago Sun Times reported another case in which citizens in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are suing Apple on behalf of customers who own iPhone 5, 6 and 7 devices, claiming that Apple’s iOS updates were designed to “purposefully slow down the performance speeds” of the phones “fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple.”

James Vlahakis attorney for the plaintiffs told the Sun Times: “Corporations have to realise that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected. Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”

The lawsuits demand Apple to stop these practices and also shell out a penalty for damages.

“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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future,” said Apple in the acknowledgement on Thursday.

Apple did not immediately comment on the situation.

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  • Mario Gaucher

    People were complaining because iPhone were shutting down.
    Apple slowed down those phones to optimize life if the device… people are still complaining.
    Obviously, not everyone can be happy about this situation… but I believe Apple did the right thing.
    That being said, they should add some kind of pop up to let the user know that the battery needs to be replaced to continue to have the best performance possible.

  • They threaten to file class action lawsuit when the iPhone 6s was shutting down randomly (I had 1) so had to offer a free battery replacement to soothe people, then created this throttling to prevent it from happening in the future.

    People threaten class action lawsuit for the throttling. Granted these are not ideal situations or methods, but it seemed Apple simply can’t win here. Perhaps there’s a better way that I’m not seeing, it’s just a tough spot for Apple to do the right thing and please everyone without the money hungry ones hovering over the big red lawsuit button that’s worn out.

  • Melissa

    What about Canadian customers?

  • Riley Freeman

    i hope apple releases an update that does what they want and if their device fails im going to laugh lol

  • BigCat

    Completely agree!

    Apple is not trying to use this as a way to get people to upgrade to newer products. If you look at the Mac OS, Apple has always taken great pride in making older Macs run better with each software upgrade.

    In addition to this “throttling” I am sure Apple is doing many more things that will not be made public. These are trade secrets, which all companies have and use to maintain a competitive advantage.

    There is nothing to be gained by making the iPhone slower. Making your phone run better, more reliably, and faster whenever possible are just some of the reasons people buy this product. Either you believe in the product or you don’t.

  • FragilityG4

    You know what the result will be? The android approach, after two years no more system updates.

  • Won’t happen, Apple’s got a great rep for long term support, they won’t ruin it over something like this.

  • FragilityG4

    True enough. Whiners will whine.

  • Riddlemethis

    Keep believing that…the world needs foolish optimists.

  • dudemaster

    It would have been nice if Apple had told us. Then I would have just gotten a new battery for my iPhone 6 instead of getting an iPhone 8 Plus. Then I could have skipped 2017 & perhaps bought a new phone in 2018 or 2019.
    Now I know that they will throttle my iPhone 8 Plus next year…. will replace battery from now on.

  • My 1/2 cents

    Batteries don’t last forever, we all know they need replacing. I don’t think any judge will see the logic or reasoning in Apple’s justification of throttling their devices because the “components” are not durable and need protection.

  • My 1/2 cents

    And trolls will always troll by accusing others of being whiners or trolls when they disagree with their point of view 😉

  • FragilityG4

    Their actions are whining.

  • Stefan

    Product people are not in charge at Apple anymore. Just looks at their board of directors. Even the CEO is not a product person and the future CEO soon to be announced won’t be. Jobs was the one pushing for more innovation and not for the pure profit; that is one of the reasons why he got fired from Apple before.

    For years people where claiming that their iOS devices are slower after every update and Apple was lying to us that everything is fine and that it was just the new features of the iOS slowing the older devices down.

  • Stefan

    I would like to join this lawsuit. Does anyone know how I can do that? Is there like a site for Canada or Ontario to check for active lawsuits and join them?

  • BigCat

    It has nothing to do with me being a “foolish optimist”.

    It’s about making money, lots of money!

    Everybody, is now so focused on just one recently discovered element. Apple is keenly aware of the effects premature component failure, bad design, or poorly written software can have.

    I believe that ultimately the money is much better for putting out a great product.

    Apple is not betting on “throttling” as their source of future revenue.

    I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to iPhone X not because it was slow, but because the 6 just worked so well.

  • dabwoy

    Android fanboy here. I cant really relate to being unknowingly fucked for 9 years. But I imagine it hurts.

  • mcfilmmakers

    It’s never the right thing when you keep it a secret. It should have been an option you could turn on or off in settings.

  • NOHoldsBar

    How many times have you fallen on your head Mario? You might want to seek professional help to regain your reasoning skills.

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