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Apple sued in the US for making older iPhones slower

Two lawsuits filed after Apple admitted slowing down older iPhone models.

Just a day after Apple officially confirmed that a change in iOS could make older iPhones slower if they batteries aged and degraded to a certain point, two lawsuits against the company were filled in the United States.

In Chicago, five “angry” customers thinking that Apple is “unethical and immoral” have filed a suit claiming that Apple violates the consumer protection laws. According to the Chicago Suntimes, the lawsuit claims that Apple deliberately made iPhone 5, 6 and 7 slower after the iOS updates, something that Apple officially confirmed in a statement. Another lawsuit filed in Los Angeles also accuses Apple of hurting the value and the performance of older devices.

It’s been proved in Geekbench tests that phones with degraded batteries have slower CPU speeds than iPhones with new battery cells, as a battery replacement would increase the CPU and the respective test scores. An attorney commented:

Corporations have to realize that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected,” he said. “Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”

The suits claim that Apple deliberately obscured why older phones were slowing down, not revealing that iOS includes a code that reduces the CPU speeds to save the battery and prevent unexpected shutdowns. If Apple had announced this ‘feature’ and the connection with the battery age, many users might have just replaced the battery instead of the whole iPhone.

Source: Chicago Suntimes

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