Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Deliberately Slowing Older iPhones

22 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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iPhone Slowdown: Apple has confirmed that it is slowing down older devices, reports TechCrunch.

There's conspiracy theorists jumping with joy today as Apple confirms they have software to throttle the performance of older iPhones which is being seen as the end of the world, but lets take a closer look at this. "When your battery is degrading, you have the choice of either living with a slightly slower operation of the phone, or changing the battery", he said. "Seems like giving someone a slower iPhone rather than fixing a bad battery isn't consumer friendly".

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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", a spokesperson for Apple said.

I don't know about you but to me this smells like a scam that encourages customers upgrade from what should be perfectly fine for several more years iphone's. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support to other products in the future". The software was rolled out in 2016 to protect from a common problem with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. If you're going to slow down the phone over time, you should explain why it is happening, so people understand it is ultimately for their benefit.

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The company went on to say that the iPhone 6 contains a feature that slows the phone down "only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down" due to a depleted battery.

Low Power Mode: In later updates, Apple has included the Low Power Mode feature that notifies the user when the smartphone hits 20%.

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What Apple is doing does make some sense as lithium-ion batteries do have a characteristic of degrading over time. "The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot". But now the company is being sued for its admission. The lithium-ion batteries are less able to respond to peaks in demand in case of cold weather, low battery charge, or aging with time, which may lead to an unexpected closure of the unit to protect electronic components. That doesn't sound good at all, but Apple says that there's a good reason for it. The company presumes that typical users are more likely to be impacted by battery life reductions than a small loss in compute performance.

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