Apple hit with lawsuit for deliberately slowing down older models of iPhone

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CUPERTINO Two iPhone owners based in Los Angeles sued Apple on Thursday, a day after the Silicon Valley technology giant admitted it slows down older iPhones to prevent unexpected battery-related shutdowns.

What do you make of this tactic and Apple's reasoning for it?

Apple says it's taking on the issue of older lithium ion batteries that sometimes fail phones.

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.

Apple has faced a lot of backlashes after it confirmed that they deliberately reduced the capacity and efficiency of the processors of older iPhones. It means that Apple were just getting more profit.

Anyone that owns an older iPhone may be rightly upset to learn that their device can not perform as well as it did the day it came out of the box due to degradation of the battery. So far, however, users that were pointing out how Apple was willingly handicapping their devices to force them to upgrade had no facts to back up their claims.




If Apple is going to drop the performance of a smartphone because of poor battery life, it should replace an iPhone's battery at no charge.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers brief remarks as U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and White House Director of the Office of American Innovation and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner listen during a meeting of the American Technology Council in the State Dining Room of the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

It said it released the fix for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE and later extended it to iPhone 7. The plaintiffs are trying to seek the case for all owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the US. It would also ensure that the iPhone retained its all-day battery life.

I do agree that more transparency could have helped users feel less blindsided. The same phone when outfitted with a brand new battery had its processor performing at peak capacity.

This seems to take advantage of Apple's admission that appeared earlier this week.

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

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