Residents of Los Angeles, Stefan Bogdanovich, and Dakota Speas have been represented by Wilshire Law Firm and both of them filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Ala Abdulla and Lance Raphael, both of Illinois; Sam Mangano, of Ohio; Ryan Glaze, of IN; and Kirk Pedelty, of North Carolina, all said they purchased new iPhones after earlier models grew sluggish.
Apple has confessed: It quietly put a throttle into older model iPhones - 6, 6s, and SE - to keep their CPUs sedated and to hence stop their doddering batteries from suddenly fainting.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple told CNBC. The company says as iPhone batteries age, or in certain conditions such as cold weather, the devices can struggle with demands for more power. The price is $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax.
The legal documents relating to the case do not reveal how much money the plaintiffs are hoping to win, although it states they are looking for compensation and the replacement of their devices. Some critics noted that slowing down phones using iOS updates, even if it elongated the life of the device, would likely convince customers to buy a new one, considering Apple comes out with new models at least once a year.
Many iPhone users do not hide their disappointment and anger over Apple's revelation that the corporation intentionally reduces processor speed in "aging" versions of their smartphone line. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future". 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.
Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed Thursday, brought by plaintiffs in California and IL, arguing that Apple did not have consent to slow down their iPhones.
Perhaps in recent years you noticed your iPhone slowing down as it got older, especially when the battery was running low.