Apple’s admission that it slows down older iPhones has landed it in some trouble. Five iPhone users filed lawsuits against the company in New York yesterday, of the class-action status. These five are in addition to some other lawsuits that had been filed over the past week or so. The suits claim that if Apple had informed them about the reason for slowdown, they wouldn’t have purchased new iPhones. The users apparently bought new iPhones due to the slowdown.
The suits claim that if Apple had informed them about the reason for slowdown, they wouldn’t have purchased new iPhones.
The issue was first brought to light last week, after years of conspiracy theories that Apple slows down iPhones to force users into buying new devices. Geekbench developer John Poole found that the company was indeed slowing down the iPhone 6S and more. In turn, Apple confirmed that this is indeed true, though not for the reason everyone thought. The company said the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and iPhone SE were slowed down through software updates in order to preserve their battery lives.
Apple said that since Lithium-ion batteries used in its devices “become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components”. By slowing down its phones, Apple apparently prevented this problem.