Does Apple secretly throttle older phones? Another lawsuit claims yes

While Apple admitted having stopped some older phones to combat battery aging, more than 60 class action lawsuits seek to sue the tech giant.

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Apple purposely slows down iPhones and other older devices to push customers to buy the latest version, a class-lawsuit filed Thursday alleges. The complaint joins more than 60 other class action lawsuits filed in recent years to address the alleged slowdowns.

In December 2017, Apple said a software feature released the year before iOS 10.2.1 makes its phones run more slowly, to combat problems with its lithium-ion battery, preventing phones from turning off unexpectedly. . At that point, the function impacted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, SE and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Apple recognized the controversy directly in December 2017, saying in a statement on its website: "First, never, and never would, nothing to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer updates. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that. "

The company also lowered the price of iPhone battery replacements at that time, charging $ 29 instead of $ 79 for a replacement for all of 2018. It replaced 11 million batteries under the program, instead of the typical ones. 1-2 million.

The most recent lawsuit claims that this is "one of the biggest consumer frauds in history," claiming that Apple is executing a planned obsolescence plan to earn more money on its devices. He also claims that Apple's actions to reduce battery speed violate the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, by causing customers to download and install iOS updates on their devices without informing them that these updates contain code that could cause slowdowns. .

Looking to the future, Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted that Apple plans to increase the battery size on the next iPhone 11, which will be announced in September, which would likely result in a longer battery life, according to our sister site CNET

For more information, see the cheat sheet: the iPhone X for professionals in TechRepublic.

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