Apple Faces Lawsuit on Intentionally Slowing Down iPhones with Older Batteries

Apple Faces Lawsuit on Intentionally Slowing Down iPhones with Older Batteries

Apple Faces Lawsuit on Intentionally Slowing Down iPhones with Older Batteries

It was only a matter of time before the lawsuits would start raining down after Apple admitted to throttling CPU performance on older iPhones.

Apple goes on to say that these updates are meant to address the issue of power demands but at the cost of performance, leading to a decrease in responsiveness. And so it turns out that Apple has been quietly managing power in these older iPhones in order to spare the batteries.

The fix was supposed to help people get more out of their ageing batteries, and "reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns", according to the company.

We know that batteries don't last a lifetime and they have a lifespan after which they need to be replaced. On Thursday, Apple confirmed that, since a year ago, they have added a throttling feature to iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.

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On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone's processor, published data that appeared to show slower performance in the Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they aged.

Furthermore, the company claimed that its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries. The ability to renew your device through software is exactly why iPhone owners see their phone choice as a good investment and hold on to it.

Speaking with The Verge, battery experts Marca Doeff of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Venkat Srinivasan of Argonne National Laboratory explain how the process works and why Apple chose this course of action.

A second suit, in California, claims that the plaintiffs "never consented to allow Defendants [Apple] to slow their iPhones" and that they "were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal".

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This fix will... cause users to think, "my phone is slow so I should replace it" not, 'my phone is slow so I should replace its battery.'
The suit alleges Apple violated consumer fraud laws.

A second group sued in Los Angeles federal court claiming Apple breached an implied contract in which the company agreed not to intentionally interfere with their usage or the speed of the device, and also interfered with their personal property.

The reason Apple gave is technically right but they should have communicated to its users before.

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