In early December, media reports suggested that Apple was purposefully lowering the speeds of iPhone processors after several years of their use. On Wednesday, the company confirmed it was degrading the devices' performance by saying that in 2016 it had introduced an algorithm for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, preventing the devices from shutting down when an older battery inside is unable to keep up with the required power.
"Plaintiffs and Class Members never consented to allow Defendants to slow their iPhones…. As a result of Defendant’s wrongful actions, Plaintiffs and Class Members had their phone slowed down, and thereby it interfered with Plaintiffs’ and Class Members’ use or possession of their iPhones, Plaintiffs and Class Members have otherwise suffered damages," the class action complaint, published by CNBC broadcaster, read.
Chicago Sun-Times news outlet also reported on Friday that another claim against the IT company was filed by residents of the states of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and North Karolina, who claim that Apple’s iOS updates "were engineered to purposefully slow down or "throttle down’ the performance speeds" of iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7.
Many iPhone users do not conceal their disappointment and anger over Apple's revelation that the corporation intentionally reduces processor speed in "aging" versions of their smartphone line.
A few months ago I got a new apple i phone because old phone slowed down. I also have a I pad slowing down but it's 8 to 9 years old. Apple slowed down phone so customers would have to buy new phone to receive good service. It's Disgusting what big company so to us.— Quicks (@quickslanding) December 22, 2017
If Apple is going to slow down an old phone so the battery can handle it, you should receive several alerts about it. They're coercing people to buy something new, even if they want to pretend that isn't their intention.— Nicole Cozma (@c0z) December 20, 2017
Is it me or does apple slow down older iPhone models when a new one is released? 🤔— New Level (@SCRUFIZZER) December 22, 2017
Apple has been hit with a class action suit for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models in an effort to coerce iPhone owners to upgrade to newer models.— Usman Shamaki (@aushamaki) December 22, 2017
I wonder how many acts of corporate fraud go unnoticed here.