Apple hit with lawsuit for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models

Alyssa Bailey
December 22, 2017

The sudden shutdown problem became widespread among iPhones in late 2016, forcing Apple to issue a software fix that had the net result of slowing the phone somewhat with an old, cold or low-charged battery, the company said.

But some owners prefer faster performance. Apple said it changed its software past year for the iPhone 6, 6S and SE to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed". "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support to other products in the future". Although the company's reasons are clear, Apple could have made a better effort of letting users know why their device gets slower over time.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery.

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.

"My iPhone 6S has been very slow these past few weeks, and even after updating multiple times, it was still slow", the user named TeckFire wrote.

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The lithium-ion batteries in older devices can't keep up with peak demand for power, Apple says.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", the company said in a statement to tech website The Verge. Apple says that "some features might not work" in this mode, so be warned. "Seems like giving someone a slower iPhone rather than fixing a bad battery isn't consumer friendly".

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still bad to me. That is, your battery won't power your device as long on a given charge". Apple charges $79 to replace the battery if the phone is no longer covered by a warranty.

The statement from Apple came in response to a report from earlier this week from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software. Bogdanovich asserts that the slowdowns are generally just a ploy to get smartphone users to upgrade their devices, therefore allowing Apple to rake in that much more cash as a result.

"So that's really not an ideal situation if you're relying on your phone day to day, like most of us are".

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