Apple now faces lawsuits for deliberately slowing down older iPhones

24 December, 2017, 03:34 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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A day after Apple agreed that it slows down older iPhones, although not because of some malice but because the old batteries necessitates it, the company is now facing a potential class-action lawsuit in California.

Apple has said that it did this to "prolong the life" of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power. The lawsuit alleges that Apple is "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement".

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. The lawsuit was filed by two California residents claiming Apple degraded their iPhone's performance without consent causing them to suffer "economic damages".

But now that the excitement over the design has dissipated somewhat, it's time to take an objective, holistic look at the phone and decide whether or not Apple truly succeeded.

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. "But you could also just get a new battery for about $80".

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John Poole, founder and president of Primate Labs - the company behind the GeekBench software that TeckFire and others used to track iPhone performance - on Monday published an analysis of iPhone 6s and 7 performance in which he said that the CPU fix would reinforce users' suspicions about planned obsolescence.

"We think they could have extended the phones' life if (Apple) had been more honest", he said.

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.

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. 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.

We've contacted Apple for a comment on the lawsuits it faces but Cupertino has yet to respond.

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