Apple Inc. is currently embroiled in a lawsuit over revelation that it intentionally slowed down newer generations phones like the iPhone 6 , 6S, 7 and SE without users consent, the reason behind doing that is to prevent sudden shutdowns when the batteries of the phone is either old, cold or have low charge on them
There are two separate class-action lawsuits being filed Thursday, brought by plaintiffs in California and Illinois, they accuse Apple did not get consent from users before slowing their phones
Two different people from Chicago, including residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina claim that Apple is using the iOS updates to “fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple”
In the California court papers, Stefan Boganovich and Dakota Speas, who both live in LA, cite loss of use, loss of value and the purchase of new batteries as reasons for compensation, claiming that iPhone owners never consented to the “intefrence”
“Apple purposefully and knowingly released operating system software updates to iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and certain iPhone phones that slowed the performance speeds of the central processing units (CPU) of these devices” said the plaintiffs in a filling in the Northern District of the state of Illinois.
“Apple’s software updates purposefully slowed down ‘throttled down’ the performance speeds of iPhone 5, iPhone 6, certain iPhone 7 phones and as yet unknown versions of iPhones because operating system software updates wreaked havoc on batteries within these model devices”
Bogdanovich and Speas claim that they “were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal” and that they “suffered interference to their iPhone usage due to intentional slowdowns”
James Vlahakis of the Sulaiman Law Group is representing the plaintiffs in the Chicago legal action
“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
Mr Vlahakis had this to say again, that in his view it would be a “direct violation” of consumer fraud-related legislation in Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina, where the complaints are based.
The company said it had to slow down 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 phone’s processors
When the processor demands more current than the battery can supply, the phone abruptly shuts down to protect its internal components, as was the case with the iPhone 6S forcing Apple to replace batteries.
We do not have an idea how long or how this lawsuit would turn out, but as more news unfold on this matter, we at TechsKeep would keep you updated on how things turn out.