It might not be a so called Happy New Year for Apple as it now faces over two dozen lawsuits around the world that either accuse the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones. Apple failed to disclose power management changes it made starting in iOS 10.2.1.
The lawsuits include 24 class action complaints in the United States, with the latest two filed on Thursday by Marc Honigman and Lauri Sullivan-Stefanou in New York and Ohio respectively, according to electronic court records reviewed by MacRumors. Apple is also being sued in Israel and France.
An excerpt from Sullivan-Stefanou’s complaint:
Unbeknownst to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s owners, Apple inserted code into iOS 10.2.1 that deliberately slowed down the processing performance of these phones by linking each phone’s processing performance with its battery health. Absent the code inserted by Apple, the reduced battery capacity of these phones would not have negatively affected processing performance.
Most users were under the impression that the problem was with the iPhone, so they purchased new iPhone to regain maximum performance. Also, the battery costs $79 which was quite expensive. The lawsuit has demanded iPhone to reveal how aging of battery was slowing down the phone.
The lawsuits started flooding when Apple disclosed that it had been slowing down iPhones with every iOS updates. Instead of informing customers that there was problem with all iPhones, Apple chose to hide them using Software updates.
Apple has since issued an apology for its lack of communication, and it has reduced the price of battery replacements to $29 for iPhone 6 and newer through the end of 2018. Apple has also promised to release an iOS update early this year that will give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.
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