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Apple Lands in Court for Purposely Slowing Down old iPhones With Aging Batteries

Few days ago, Apple finally admitted it slows down older iPhones with old batteries on purpose to stop unexpected shut-down. This response was gingered following recent user investigation on Reddit and a subsequent confirmation from benchmarks. Meanwhile, other users believes they do this to push people into buying a new device sooner.

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How Apple Slows Down iPhones with old Batteries

Aging batteries can't handle heavy tasks like playing a demanding game and loading bulky webpages the way a new one will do. All these overloads the processor, thus, making the iPhone—with old battery—shut down without notice (to save some of its electronic components) since it can't deliver enough power to carry out that operation. This is what happened to the iPhone 6s.

Late 2016, the complaints of iPhone devices unexpectedly shuting down about a year into the lifecycle grew worse, so Apple came out with iOS 10.2.1 update in January which fixed the problem, but the company didn't disclose "how" they did it. However, not long ago, another issue cropped up: iPhones that downloaded the update started running very very slow. All these gave confirmation that "Apple intentionally slows downs iPhones that uses old batteries by limiting their processors performance."

Once the processor is throttled, the iPhone won't require much power from the battery, so it will not unexpectedly shut down, but your phone will have to run slower. This is what happened to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 devices, and disheartening, iOS 11.2 updated extended it to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; so also with it be pushed to newer iPhone models as their batteries get weaker.

Why Apple was Sued

The update fixed the unexpected shutdowns, but the problem here is Apple's inability to inform users that the update will slow down their iPhones. If the company had communicated with customers, they could have easily changed the battery instead of buying a new one or using a phone which will be forever slow.

Now, Los Angeles residents—Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed a lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, suing Apple for "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out".

The filling reads:
Defendant breached the implied contracts it made with Plaintiffs and Class Members by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement.

Do you think Apple purposely slows down older iPhones to prevent shutdowns as a result of weak battery, or because they want to force users to buy new iPhone models? As for me, the latter is speculative. What about you? Kindly share and drop your comment below.

source: TMZ, CNET via PhoneArena

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