Apple slows down older iPhones, faces lawsuit


Apple has recently admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhone models to prevent the devices from shutting down due to old batteries. Both suits came a day after Apple confirmed what high-tech sleuths outside the company already observed: The company had deployed software to slow some phones.

iPhone users for years have speculated that Apple was responsible for their phones acting up after the release of a newer model.

Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.

On the back of the revelations, Apple was hit by two separate class action lawsuits this week, one filed in California, and another lawsuit filed in IL.

Harvey has sued Apple for alleged fraudulent concealment and alleged violations of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law. Should you go that route, Amazon is discounting a handful of battery replacement kits for the iPhone 6 through iPhone 7 as seen below.

Finally, as people do their last-minute holiday shopping, AirPods are once again out of stock from Apple and most third-party retailers.

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"This issue has nothing to do with battery life, it's an out and out marketing campaign by Apple to get users of older iPhones to upgrade".

Bogdanovich and Speas are trying to get the case certified to cover anyone in the United States who owned an Apple phone older than the iPhone 8.

"Corporations have to realize that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected", James Vlahakis, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Chicago suit, told the Sun Times.

Apple has not publicly responded to the lawsuits. The lawsuit was filed in the federal Northern District Court in San Francisco.

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case.