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Apple sued for deliberately slowing down iPhones

24 December 2017, 12:23 | Gerardo Harmon

Apple sued for deliberately slowing down iPhones

Apple sued for deliberately slowing down iPhones

Yesterday, Apple confirmed the accusations that it was intentionally slowing down the performance of its iPhones in order to combat the repercussions of battery degradation. The first lawsuit was filed by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, both of which own an iPhone 7. They also discovered that Apple is limiting the processing speed on phones with older batteries. "In case, you don't want it to slow down and enjoy all the new features of the update, please get your battery checked".

The plaintiffs said the iOS updates forced iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple, according to the lawsuit.

Apple rubbished those claims, and stressed that their only goal is to enhance the customers experience.

The lawsuit against Apple could be aided by the company not being up front in revealing that a slowed down iPhone is possibly related to a worn out battery.

Furthermore, the company claimed that its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries.

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.

Consumers who have had their iPhones throttled can regain higher levels of performance by replacing their battery, which costs up to £79 - far less than upgrading to a newer model. This does mostly fix the problems of spontaneous shutdowns, but was it really Apple's only solution? "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future". At the same time, users can swap out their old batteries for a new one, but the process is little more hard than just opening the bottle cap of coke.

Essentially, Apple says that at peak times of performance, older lithium-ion batteries are unable to handle demands, which results in the entire device shutting down to "protect its electronic components".

Has your old iPhone been performing sluggishly?

Speaking with The Verge, battery experts Marca Doeff of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Venkat Srinivasan of Argonne National Laboratory explain how the process works and why Apple chose this course of action.

The company said it did this not to force people to upgrade, but to stop iPhones from drawing more power from the battery than it's capable of, causing the device to suddenly shut off. Bogdanovich, like a lot of long-time iPhone owners believes this tactic is a ploy by Apple to convince people to buy new phones.

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