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Apple Is Facing Lawsuits For Slowing Down Your Old iPhones

Apple Is Facing Lawsuits For Slowing Down Your Old iPhones

Two lawsuits have been filed against Apple after the tech behemoth acknowledged that it intentionally slows down the speed of older model iPhones.

The allegations were in a lawsuit filed 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.

Critics argue it's a tactic to force customers to buy new devices.

Because of that tactic, Apple is already facing several lawsuits alleging that it unethically implemented the change, it is forcing people to upgrade with planned obsolescence, and more.

Apple claimed it slowed down the older phones to reduce wear and tear on their batteries that can cause overloads and make the phones shut down. Of course not, Apple's intentions are to improve user experience.

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The company underlined that problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles.

Some even theorised that Apple times its throttling to coincide with the release of a new range of phones. A Class Action lawsuit refers to a representative of a group fighting the case for a particular set or class of people, in this case, Apple iPhone users.

You've got to admire their balls, not many people would take on Apple, who presumably can afford to buy every single lawyer in the state of California. So what that means is that they deliberately slow the device's performance in an effort to prevent an overall shutdown of the device. Wow! A story on Motherboard claims that third party fix shops are already seeing an uptick in customers asking for battery replacements, which would be one way to side-step Apple's performance throttling measures.

The slow-down feature was introduced for iPhone 6, 6s, SE, and 7, and Apple will add it to "other products in the future" too.


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