Apple sued in Chicago for slowing down older iPhones

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Bogdanovich and Speas alleged Apple breached implied contracts with them and other iPhone owners by "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that" when they bought their iPhones.

Two people from Chicago, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, claim that Apple's iOS updates were created to "purposefully slow down the performance speeds" of the phones "fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple".

The problems with peak current draws especially occur when batteries are cold or low on charge, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components, Apple said.

The technology giant confirmed it introduced a feature to its iOS operating system past year which manages performance on the iPhone 6, 6s and SE to help preserve battery life, which it says diminishes over time. Bogdanovich believes that the slowdown is a ploy by Apple to get users to upgrade devices.

On repeating the tests with an iPhone 7, Mr. Poole found that the same thing was happening on the newer device.

While I am sure those users who have been crying wolf feel vindicated, I think it is important to look at the reasons behind Apple's decision as it is certainly not to force upgrades.


He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages.

"Apple purposefully declined to make these disclosures because it knew that consumers would, more likely than not, purchase a new device", the lawsuit alleges. Just take it into a shop and have the battery replaced.

Despite the statement, some iPhone users are not happy with the company, with several taking to social media to express their displeasure. Instead, Apple is only attempting to fix a known issue with iPhone battery degradation. Their lawsuit, however, claims more than what Apple already admitted. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation's mobile operating system silently slows down the processor in older iPhones to ensure they don't rapidly drain their aging batteries, which suffer from a reduced capacity.

Lithium-ion batteries degrade over time depending on how many charging cycles they go through.

Apple replied to the report showing that the performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 appeared to dwindle with age.

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