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Apple Is Being Sued For Slowing Down iPhones Deliberately

The plaintiffs say that Apple did not ask for consent

A few days after Apple revealed that they were purposefully slowing down older iPhones in a bid to save battery life, the company is now facing a lawsuit from two users about the decision.

In a filing at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the plaintiffs Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas say that Apple’s power-management feature is a breach of contract, with the company failing to ask for consent from the user prior to applying the measure.

The plaintiffs and their lawyer are also looking to get class-action certification, and if granted will mean their lawsuit will include all people residing in the US who have owned iPhone models older than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

The lawsuit is a result of Apple’s official admission that it was purposefully slowing down older iPhones with aging batteries to prevent issues like unexpected shutdowns. Their fix was applied in an iOS update in January of this year.

Apple’s admission came after a Reddit user found out that his phone performed better in benchmarks after he replaced his battery in this phone.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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4 Comments

  1. there should be a feature for all smartphone company that they will have a lifetime support for battery issues, since batteries deteriorate in time, the maximum life of a battery is 2 to 3 years, after that the configuration like 10000x charging full cycle met saved in power management IC, the phone will die. happened to me twice while using iphone 3gs, the powermanagement IC was the problem, even you tried to change batteries it will be dead for good, it will force you to buy new iphones.(well phone is not a good investment, so try to avoid iphones or any smartphone that cause you 50k and up), dont fall to the monkey business of these companies. I hope someone step in and change the future..

    1. Thank you, Mr. Jarca. You answered my questions from previous related article.

      Rechargeable batteries, in general, should be drained sometimes to help prolong its life span. Been doing that for >20years and i did not encounter any problems with my previous phones. I have not owned an iphone, only android and nokia phones of the old.

      1. if you are a good user of gadget, know how to pro long bat life. good for you, there are users out there that using their as their primary communication device, that makes the life cycle of a phone shorter. this is a rigged system

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