Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Apple admits to slowing iPhones, you're not imagining it

Apple admits to slowing iPhones, you're not imagining it

A press release for one of the lawsuits, led by the Atlas Consumer Law group in IL, says Apple's "iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very objective in mind-fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple".

Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit, after admitting it deliberately slows down older models of 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.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers".

Evidence of the software change could be seen in power-intensive tasks - such as creating Snapchat filters - that became slower to demand less of the system.

On Thursday, the company admitted slowing down outdated iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries, saying it is a way of protecting the devices' components.

Another lawsuit filed on Thursday involves five owners of various smartphones from various states.

If it ever feels like your older model iPhone gets slower when a new version is released, you aren't wrong. Apple has been relatively silent over the issue but in a statement earlier this week, they revealed the reason.

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In one of the most popular threads ever posted to the forum, user TeckFire discovered that his phone could recognise a dying battery, and tempered the speed of apps and photos to keep the phone alive. Last year, the slowdown was added to iPhone 6, 6S and SE handsets, and the release of iOS 11.2 saw it added to the iPhone 7 as well.

"We think they could have extended the phones' life if (Apple) had been more honest", he said.

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery.

Poole also criticized Apple's quiet, behind-the-scenes power management.

"Smoothing out" means that phones will reorder incoming commands to make sure not all of them are done in parallel, Doron Myersdorf, CEO instant-charging battery startup StoreDot reportedly said.

Now if the verdict goes in the favor of the plaintiffs, then every individual who has owned an iPhone before the iPhone 8 is expected to be compensated. However, Stefan Bogdanovich argues in his lawsuit that this practice isn't disclosed to iPhone customers when they sign their contracts with Apple.

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