It had to happen: Apple sued for slowing down your iPhone

Thanks to Apple confirming its involvement in slowing down previous generation iPhones, the company has been struck with a lawsuit. According to information published by TMZ, Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, who are represented by Wilshire Law Firm, this morning filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. They are accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when new models come out, and this is done through software updates.

It had to happen: Apple sued for slowing down your iPhone

“Defendant breached the implied contracts it made with Plaintiffs and Class Members by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement.”

Given below is the statement Apple gave, confirming that it was slowing down users’ iPhones but according to the company, this was done to give them a better battery life experience in return:

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

According to the lawsuit, Bogdanovich and Speas have owned the iPhone 7 and several older iPhone models and have noticed that the older models end up slowing down when their successors are released. Both of them did not agree to have Apple purposely slow down their devices and they did not have a choice in the matter either. Both individuals are now seeking both California and Nationwide class action certification.

For those that do not know what this means, it would cover all people residing in America who have owned iPhone models older than the iPhone 8. As for damages, this lawsuit demands the replacement of the old iPhone and compensation for loss of use, loss of value, the purchase of new batteries, ascertainable losses in the form of the deprivation of the value of the iPhone, and overpayments because Plaintiffs and Class Members did not receive what they paid for.

If Apple can slow down people’s iPhones, it can certainly do the same thing with the iPhone X and let us remind you that it costs $999. Having a $999 slow down on you was not part of the deal and that is something that people are not getting their money’s worth.


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