Of Course Apple Is Getting Sued Over the Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco

Leigh Mccormick
December 24, 2017

Two separate class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, one by plaintiffs in IL and the other from California. Another suit was filed on Thursday by five customers from Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and in, who own iPhone models ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 7.

First seen by TMZ, it states that they were "never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal".

Amy Bessette, an Apple spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the suits, sent before regular business hours in Cupertino, California.

But did the company slow down Iphones to prevent unexpected shutdowns as a battery deteriorated, as Apple stated.

David Reiff, co-founder and vice president of uBreakiFix, a chain of electronics fix stores, says that battery life expectancy for some phones can be as low as 300 to 500 charging cycles, which means that some users may not make it through a year before their battery performance starts to drop.

As TeckFire points out, Apple offers a $79 battery-replacement service. Apple is already facing a lawsuit for slowing down certain iPhone models as their batteries wear out.

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'Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. According to reports Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, represented by Wilshire Law Firm, have lawsuit with a US District Court in California, saying that Apple knowingly slows down the old iPhones like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 when new iPhones are released.

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.

The company said it was to stop phones with degraded batteries from shutting down unexpectedly - not to push frustrated customers into upgrading.

The company insists its software updates were actually created to prevent surprise shut downs and prolong battery life.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles said, "As a result of defendant's wrongful actions, plaintiffs and class members had their phone slowed down, and thereby it interfered with plaintiffs' and class members' use or possession of their iPhones, plaintiffs and class members have otherwise suffered damages".

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