We have been hearing a lot this week about Apple slowing down older iPhones. Apple confirmed that this is done to stop handsets shutting down when they have a degraded battery. Apple is now facing a lawsuit for slowing down these devices.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in the US for slowing down older iPhones that have degraded batteries. The lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit is accusing Apple of slowing down older devices when new deices are released. You can see an excerpt from the lawsuit below.
Defendant breached the implied contracts it made with Plaintiffs and Class Members by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement.
Apple has said these older devices that have a degraded battery are slowed down to stop the handsets randomly rebooting. You can see Apple’s official statement below.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”