Your money: Apple admits to slowing iPhone battery

Todd Singleton
December 24, 2017

Just a day after Apple admitted to slowing down older model iPhones, a group of iPhone users proposed a class-action lawsuit against the tech company.

Plaintiffs Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California.

The man claims to own iPhone 7 and an "iPhone 7S". Apple also did not disclose to its user base that with such software updates, their phones would end up slowing, adding more frustration.

In fact, Apple has been hit by not one, but two lawsuits that are seeking class-action status.

For years conspiracy theorists kept saying that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones with iOS updates in order to sell droves of new models. To prevent that, the company's software manages batteries as they age and slows down older devices to keep them functional. The company said it was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7.

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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple told CNBC. While there are some obvious gray areas about how Apple handled the rollout of this battery/performance balancing tactic, the lawsuit fails to take into account the technical side of the feature and how all lithium-ion batteries are subject to normal wear. The suit alleges Apple violated consumer fraud laws.

If slowing down performance was used as a purchase driver Apple would not limit this feature to non-Plus models. iPhone Plus models benefit from a larger battery which could mitigate some of the issues.

The company insists its software updates were actually created to prevent surprise shut downs and prolong battery life.

The result may have been that people who became frustrated with a slow iPhone might have spent hundreds of dollars on an upgrade that they didn't really need - as opposed to simply buying a new battery, which costs $79. TeckFire did some research, replaced the iPhone 6S battery, and, along with other older iPhone users, reported that the new battery actually made the phone run faster.

At least two groups of customers sued Apple on Thursday (Dec 21) over the deterioration of their phones' performance. I personally feel that Apple owes its users a more transparent explanation and should also warn users of degrading batteries and throttled CPUs henceforth.

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