For years there had been conspiracy theories, and angry grudges flowing through our head every day that Apple was indeed messing with older iPhones but of course, no one could lend credence to that until now.
There’s a sincere relief in realizing that a major corporation really is messing with your life. Like, say, harboring a suspicion that your older-model iPhone has been running slower lately, and then having Apple confirm that, yup, it intentionally sent you an update to slow it down.
Apple finally admitted to throttling the processor speeds on iPhone 6s and 7s with recent software updates. So, there’s the good news: Not only can you get your aging smartphone back up to its old speeds with a quick battery replacement trip to the Apple Store, but you’re also not crazy when you tell people that the cooperation is trying to anonymously control your life.
Instead of slowing down iPhone people bought with their hard earned money, couldn’t Apple have advised people with older iPhones to get a new battery or was that another stunt to get people to feel the need to purchase the latest version?
I mean, are they even allowed to temper with people’s phone with their express permission? Little wonder they are being slammed with law suits.
Two class-action lawsuits have been brought against Apple for this practice, claiming Apple’s actions resulted in customers effectively being forced to get new phones before they needed to. A press release for one of the lawsuits, led by the Atlas Consumer Law group in Illinois, says Apple’s “iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very purpose in mind—fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple.” The suit alleges that Apple’s actions are in violation of deceptive business laws in Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina.
A second suit, in California, claims that the plaintiffs “never consented to allow Defendants [Apple] to slow their iPhones” and that they “were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal.”
Apple wasn’t immediately available to confirm whether it had been notified about the suits. Don’t act surprised when next you hear another body has sued the multi billion dollar company.
iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. These range of phones runs on Apple’s iOS. Apple has released ten generations of iPhone models with each having a suffix that particular generation. These generations have also been accompanied by one of the ten major releases of its iOS operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007; the most recent iPhone model is the iPhone X.