Apple is at the center of two class action lawsuits due to tactics consumers called “immoral” that intentionally slows down older iPhones. Apple openly admitted on Thursday that they implemented a software update on the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 that slowed down the processing power. Apple claims that they did it as a way to protect the internal components of the phone due to a battery glitch.
Complainants in the lawsuit want Apple to pay compensation to owners of these models of phones and stop reducing power which impacts performance according to the first lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in the state of California. Citizens of Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina also filed a suit asking for compensation claiming that Apple is violating consumer protection laws, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. These individuals argue that Apple’s conduct was “deceptive, immoral, and unethical.” They further state that they believe Apple’s update to the phones was not a fix as described, but instead an effort to throttle or slow down the performance of older phones when new devices were released.
Critics have been suggesting for years that Apple was utilizing updated to limit phone performance, but there was little evidence to prove the accusation. This changed on Wednesday when Apple admitted that they had indeed limited performance capabilities of earlier models of iPhones. They claimed that it was done in an effort to fix a shutdown glitch. A spokesman issued a statement saying “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.”
Older models of iPhones have batteries that aren’t able to give the power needed to properly run at full processing power. Apple confirmed that the phone would shut down unexpectedly due to the increased power draw. Slowing the performance of these phones allows the phone to run without maximum current, ensuring that it doesn’t turn off unexpectedly.
iOS11, Apple’s latest software update, cut the battery life of some older iPhones by more than 50 percent. Apple’s priciest phone yet, the iPhone X, was released in October of this year and has a 5.8-inch display, wireless charging, and a $1,000 price tag.