Apple faces two lawsuits over its intentional throttling of older iPhone performance

Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life

Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life

Apple offered an official response to clarify that additional power management actions are necessary to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down but that does not change the fact that the entire ordeal has been handled poorly.

"Apple's failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone's performance is being deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information", he said in a statement.

As iPhone owners for "several years", Bogdanovich and Speas are seeking class-action status, targeting both nationwide and California classes of those who owned iPhone models earlier than the iPhone 8. Bogdanovich further alleges that the Apple's true intent is to get customers to buy new phones before they need them.

Apple's disclosure came after iPhone users on Reddit reported that replacing batteries on older phones appeared to improve their phones' speed.

The company said that it intentionally slowed the performance of the older iPhones because when their batteries wear to a certain level they can no longer sustain the required current demanded by the phones' processors. The plaintiffs are accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when newer models are released and this has been happening without their consent or approval.

Apple has been criticised for failing to make users aware of the practice before this week.

In a statement this afternoon, Apple explained that this "feature" was first implemented with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE past year and most recently came to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling mechanism in iOS 11.2.

Two separate class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, one by plaintiffs in IL and the other from California.

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery. Poole wrote that he believed Apple made a decision to limit the phones' performance when battery condition declined. However, the feature lessened the computing power of the iPhones to stop overuse of battery power. While it is possible to see the slowing down of devices as a way of prolonging their life, many iPhone owners will be asking why the company chose to wait so long to be honest about what it has been doing.

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