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IPhone owners suing Apple over update that slowed down older models

IPhone owners suing Apple over update that slowed down older models”

Bogdanovich and Speas, represented by the Los Angeles-based Wilshire Law Firm, argued that Apple never asked them for permission to install this feature and did not give them the option to choose or bargain a way to turn off the feature.

To recall the technical explanation offered by Apple, the company confirmed that when either the old battery is low on charge or is in a cold condition, then whenever the phone or any particular app's use leads to a spike in the power requirement, if the slowdown is not initiated, it may even result in the battery getting damaged and in the process, the phone's processor itself could be damaged. Both lawsuits are claiming the same thing, that Apple did not have user consent to slow down their phones.

A day after Apple agreed that it slows down older iPhones, although not because of some malice but because the old batteries necessitates it, the company is now facing a potential class-action lawsuit in California.

REUTERS/Yuya ShinoThe Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014.

The second lawsuit has been filed by Chicago Sun-Times in Chicago claiming that Apple is in violation of business laws by partaking in deceptive business practices in the state of IL, and thus also in IN and North Carolina. A similar lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, smartphone operating software is perpetually improved with updates that typically increase appetites for electricity. Apple said it changed its software past year for the iPhone 6, 6s and SE to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed". First a group of researchers determined that older iPhones were running slower once they were updated. "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 on Thursday.

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine. However, something has been backfiring Apple and people are bothered about the dame. The only possible way that one can do is to replace the battery via official Apple service centre.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said slowing down the phones via a recent software update was necessary because the aging batteries in older phones were causing devices to unexpectedly shut down.



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