After Apple admitted they deliberately slow down older iPhones in order to preserve battery life, the tech giant has been slapped with two class-action lawsuits.
Apple’s statement on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE power management (the slowdown): pic.twitter.com/3RpE3fKCQc
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) December 20, 2017
Apple revealed on Wednesday they deliberately slow down older models of iPhones as part of a new power-management feature. The company said this was not done to force people to upgrade to newer iPhone models, however the company’s lack of transparency has caused some distrust amongst Apple users, with many angry customers airing their grievances on social media.
Is what @Apple doing grounds for a lawsuit? I've been saying for years they're purposely slowing down and bugging products to coerce people into buying the latest products. I had the feeling and still stayed with them. I will be looking into making the switch soon.
— CHARLES MILLER (@ChuckTheDecoy) December 22, 2017
Since Apple admits they slow down old iPhones I'll admit I probably won't buy a new iPhone
— Jeff Zenisek (@jeffzenisek) December 21, 2017
This is quite simple. I don’t want Apple to slow down my phone, for ANY reason. I want Apple to tell me my battery is dying and that I need to replace it, or buy a battery pack.
— Cold (@colinddarby) December 20, 2017
For years, we’ve reassured people that no, Apple doesn’t secretly slow down their older iPhones to make them buy new ones.
If this must be done, it should be a setting. If it’s on by default, the user should be alerted the first time it happens.https://t.co/kRRmd7mN72
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 20, 2017
Now two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple. The Chicago Sun-Times revealed a class-action suit was filed on Thursday by five customers alleging Apple’s practice of slowing down older model iPhones is “deceptive, immoral and unethical” alleging the company engineered iOS updates to “purposefully slow down or throttle down the performance speeds of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7.”
A second lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles on Thursday claiming the company’s practice harms users who did not agree to it.