Apple sued for deliberately slowing down customers’ old iPhones

Two class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, just one day after it admitted to deliberately slowing down some customers’ iPhones.

The tech giant admitted on Wednesday that it has implemented power management features in older iPhones, to prolong the life of the devices and improve overall performance.

Now Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas have filed a lawsuit with the US District Court for the Central District of California , accusing Apple of interfering with their devices without consent.

“Plaintiffs and Class Members never consented to allow Defendants to slow their iPhones,” the lawsuit states.

“As a result of Defendant’s wrongful actions, Plaintiffs and Class Members had their phone slowed down, and thereby it interfered with Plaintiffs’ and Class Members’ use or possession of their iPhones.”

A second lawsuit, filed by five plaintiffs in the Northern District of the State of Illinois , accuses Apple of deliberately keeping quiet about its power management features to fraudulently drive up sales of its newer devices.

“Apple’s iOS updates purposefully neglected to explain that its purposeful throttling down of older model devices and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices,” the lawsuit states.

“Instead, Apple’s decision to purposefully slowdown or throttle down these devices was undertaken to fraudulently induce consumers to purchase the latest iPhone versions of the iPhone 7, as well as new phones such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X .”

If they are awarded class action status, the lawsuits would potentially cover everyone in the United States who owns or has owned an iPhone model older than the iPhone 8.

Apple claims its power management features are not a ploy to get people to upgrade, but are intended to smooth out the very high and quick peaks of power draw that can cause problems with older batteries.

“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,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

“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.”

Apple said the feature is only applied in cases of extreme high or low temperatures, low charge or an aged battery, and was designed to protect the internal components of the phone.

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