Apple's iPhone slowdowns spur customers to hurry to court

Apple's iPhone slowdowns spur customers to hurry to court

They describe Apple's practice as "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" and say the company engineered iOS updates to "purposefully slow down or "throttle down" the performance speeds" of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7, the report says.

In the California court papers, Stefan Boganovich and Dakota Speas, who both live in LA, cite loss of use, loss of value and the purchase of new batteries as reasons for compensation, claiming that iPhone owners never consented to the "interference". 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.

So, it seems as though iPhone 8 and iPhone X users have the same fate to look forward to, but Apple is insistent that the forced slowdown is not an example of built-in obsolescence.

Today's lawsuit should be taken with a grain of salt as it nearly certainly overgeneralizes Apple's intentions here and misrepresents its intentions. Apple has been sued by residents of California shortly after admitting that older iPhones are throttled to preserve battery power.

In addition to these lawsuits, Apple's admission about slowing down older iPhones in order to help extend the life of each phone's battery may reignite the debate regarding right to fix legislation. This is essentially what we saw happening with the widespread shutdown issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

'Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices, ' it said in a statement. Apple will do so for $79 (you can do it yourself for less, but with more risk), but some have called on Apple to replace the batteries for free.

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.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are not safe from this and have been subject to similar treatment through the iOS update 11.2 as well.

Consumers seem to believe that Apple's motives were less than honest.

The company said it was to stop phones with degraded batteries from shutting down unexpectedly - not to push frustrated customers into upgrading. In fact, majority observed a sudden spike in power once they replaced the ageing battery with the newer ones. With a yearly software update, Apple forces the processor of the phone to clock down so that it consumes less battery but also ends up making the phone extremely slow.

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