Apple is being sued for intentionally slowing down its older iPhones


He also believes - like many other users - that it's just a ploy by Apple to get folks to buy the newest iPhone.

"Having updated their phones, Plaintiffs and owners of iPhone 6s and iPhone 7s must either continue using devices that experience significant lag time that interferes with their ordinary use, or purchase a new phone for hundreds of dollars".

I strongly feel that Apple should come forward and charge a nominal fee for replacing the batteries of the iPhones who's performance have been slowed down thanks to these updates.

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In other words, on iPhones that are as little as a year old, you may notice your phone slow down in some situations.

Whilst that's all well and good, for the average punter on the street probably won't know to check or change the battery from their iPhone if it's not performing as hoped.

"Apple's iOS updates purposefully neglected to explain that its purposeful throttling down of older model devices and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices", the customers said in the Chicago lawsuit, filed Thursday.

This sentiment was also echoed by Geekbench's John Poole who as we mentioned first mapped out the drop in performance.

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The most common of these problems was the phones' processor attempting to reach higher speeds that the aged batteries could no longer support, prompting the devices to shut themselves down.

Apple rolled out the controversial update with iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6 and SE models and iOS 11.2 for the iPhone 7 models.

Eqully, Apple wants to be clear they are not doing this to urge people to upgrade to newer devices.

After confirming that it is deliberately slowing down older iPhones to avoid the devices from shutting down owing to old batteries, Apple is now facing two class-action lawsuits from the iPhone users in the US.

The five individuals were residents of that states of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina.

"A lot of people are upset, because phones aren't cheap", Vlahakis said.

"Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down", he added.