Apple sued after admitting to slowing down older iPhones

Apple sued after admitting to slowing down older iPhones

Apple sued after admitting to slowing down older iPhones

As much as this may sound like a move of an evil corporation, the fact is that actually Apple did the right thing for its users. But, in this case, Apple has a hand in deliberately slowing down phones.

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.

You'd expect battery capacity to decrease as batteries age. Hence the impact new software will have on old hardware and batteries is more limited. Apparently, Apple had implemented the features back in iOS 10.2.1.

After our initial report earlier this month, and more evidence from other sources, Apple today officially commented on reports that it slowed the performance of older iPhones in order to stabilize battery performance. Both plaintiffs are owners of iPhone 7 handsets as well as several previous generations. Along with the theme, the new version of the app also offers faster load times on articles and uses less data.

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

In a statement this afternoon, Apple explained that this "feature" was first implemented with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE a year ago and most recently came to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2. It even said, the latest iOS 11.1.2 update adds this function to last years iPhone 7. Apple has also squashed the theory that the throttling is done to push the sales of newer iPhone models and instead claim that it was to accommodate the effect of degrading lithium-ion batteries. And as the product gets older Apple introduced throttling to increase the life of the phone.

The company insists its software updates were actually created to prevent surprise shut downs and prolong battery life. Users might still opt to have their battery replaced by a third party knowing that this option does impact their warranty. The company has long faced criticism from fix advocates for making its batteries hard for users to replace on their own. Apple's statement explained that the feature is in an effort to prevent random shutdowns that could potentially damage other internal components. I think that would have gone a long way toward helping people understand.

Consumers seem to believe that Apple's motives were less than honest.

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