Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones

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The company says as iPhone batteries age, or in certain conditions such as cold weather, the devices can struggle with demands for more power.

Furthermore, the company claimed that its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries. The plaintiffs are trying to seek the case for all owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the US. At the same time, users can swap out their old batteries for a new one, but the process is little more hard than just opening the bottle cap of coke. Hence the impact new software will have on old hardware and batteries is more limited.

The tech world was astonished this week when Apple admitted to slowing down the performance of older iPhones in order to protect against potential problems caused by ageing batteries.

Apple says the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are all impacted. A case that would eventually lead to the phone shutting off without warning. iOS 10.2.1 was created to reduce power consumption and smooth out the power draw spikes to prevent this from happening. It came to the same conclusion saying that the older iPhones indeed ran slower with the latest version of iOS compared to a new phone or a phone with new battery.

Some have decried Apple's save-the-batteries twiddling with CPU speed, suggesting that it's all a ploy to get people to upgrade their phones before it's absolutely necessary.

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The lack of concern for battery performance our study highlights would be quite different if older iPhones just died throughout the day.

Apple's solution is to reduce the amount of water being forced against the blockage, making the battery last longer but taking a hit on performance to do so.

I do agree that more transparency could have helped users feel less blindsided.

This furstration, drawing enormous consumer ire and frustraition, can be pinned on no one but Apple themselves.

"Defendant never requested consent or did Plaintiffs at any time give consent for Defendant to slow down their iPhones", states one of the "substantive allegations" in the suit, which was filed Thursday in California and posted by a TV station in NY.

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