Apple Facing Two Class-Action Lawsuits Over Practice of Slowing Down Old iPhones
Apple recently announced that it was slowing down its old iPhones in order to preserve battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns. While the company may have had good intentions with this move, it has not gone over well with consumers. In fact, Business Insider has reported that the company is facing two separate class-action lawsuits over the practice.
The first of these suits involve five customers from the states of Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and Indiana which describes Apple’s practice of slowing down iPhones as “deceptive, immoral, and unethical.” The suit further claims that Apple intentionally created its software to “purposefully slow down or ‘throttle down’ the performance speeds.”
The second lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles by Stefan Bogdanovich who claims that Apple’s practices harm consumers who didn’t agree to it. Unlike the previous su8it which focuses on owners of the iPhone 5 through 7, this one only focuses on the iPhone 7.
Many iPhone owners have long speculated that Apple practices a policy known as planned obsolescence where it intentionally slows down old iPhones in order to entice consumers to buy new ones. Apple’s recent confirmation of its practice of slowing down old iPhones might, to some, serve as confirmation of this theory.
However, it isn’t as cut and dry. Apple argues that it slows down older iPhones as the batteries degrade in order to preserve battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns. In fact, in the very same Reddit thread which prompted this aforementioned announcement, it was discovered that phones returned to their previous speeds when a new battery was installed. The merits of Apple’s policy are certainly up for debate, but we think it is a bit premature to claim that this is some vast conspiracy to entice consumers to buy new products. Slow phones are annoying, but we imagine many users would prefer them over phones that have short battery life or randomly shut down.
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