Apple slammed with two lawsuits for 'forcing people to buy new iPhones'


According to The Guardian, two separate class-action lawsuits were filed against the Cupertino-based company on Thursday, Dec. 21 by iPhone users in California and Chicago.

In addition to these lawsuits, Apple's admission about slowing down older iPhones in order to help extend the life of each phone's battery may reignite the debate regarding right to fix legislation.

While Apple will probably be quick to point out that the software updates in question were meant to prevent users from encountering unexpected shut downs on phones with degraded batteries, the Illinois suit claims that Apple's failure to inform consumers about the full extent of these software updates is in direction violation of Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Art, along with similar consumer protection laws in IN and North Carolina. The lawsuit filed read "Apple's iOS updates purposefully neglected to explain that its purposeful throttling down of older model devices and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices".

Two iPhone users sued Apple after the company accepted to slowing down their older devices for "optimal performance".

It looks like, Apple need to be more careful before they reveal their secrets to better user experience.

Meanwhile the 2 plaintiffs are aiming to rope in practically every iPhone owner within the United States, of iPhones older than the iPhone 8. However, something has been backfiring Apple and people are bothered about the dame. It also fanned speculation by some about whether Apple slows down old iPhones to pressure users to upgrade to a newer model. In fact, Apple slowdowns the older iPhones with degraded batteries.

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They allege Apple led them to believe their only option was to buy a newer, pricier iPhone.

The truth is what Apple did in regards to slowing down processors in older phones was something it felt it needed to do to address a real technical problem.

If you get a newer battery, the phones complete potential can be used without any throttling.

The technology giant confirmed it introduced a feature to its iOS operating system previous year which manages performance on the iPhone 6, 6s and SE to help preserve battery life, which it says diminishes over time. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future". It is noted that over time, lithium ion iPhone batteries wear out, which can unexpectedly shut down in the cold or in the heat.

Apple design of handsets makes it borderline impossible for people to change batteries themselves.