On Thursday, five Apple iPhone users filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple after the company admitted that they have been intentionally slowing down older iPhones.
The customers suing are in different states- Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and in Indiana and they are all accusing Apple of being “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” with their practices and the creators decision to engineer the iOS updates to “purposefully slow down or ‘throttle down’ the performance speeds of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.”
Another law suit was filed in Los Angeles by Stefan Bogdanovich who is claiming that the practice of the iOS slowing down iPhones causes customers to suffer. Stefan’s claim focuses more on the iPhone 7, but says that Apple is slowing down older phones to force customers to upgrade and buy new phones, which means they’re paying more.
Apple said that this was not their reason for engineering the new iOS to slow down older iPhones and they have yet to officially make a comment on the lawsuits.
The suit claims that Apple “needlessly subjects consumers to purchasing new and more expensive iPhones when a replacement battery could have allowed consumers to continue to use their older iPhones.” Except, there has been proof that a new battery replacement will not return the older modeled phones to full speed.
Apple is claiming that slowing down phones was a “new power-management” feature that would stop iPhones from taking power from the battery and it would eventually shut off.
A Reddit thread was started, the creator of the thread has archived his original and started a new revised thread which is up with a post of Apple’s statement:
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. 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.
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
Does it change your opinion on Apple for doing their “new power-management” feature without informing customers?