Apple sues again for slowing down old iPhones

In the UK, Apple has had to answer to the courts because, according to one activist, it will deliberately slow down older iPhones.

British consumer rights activist Justin Gutmann says Apple deliberately reduced the performance of older iPhones with worse batteries in 2017. The British newspaper wrote SecurityTwo years ago, Apple faced a similar lawsuit in the United States. The iPhone maker then decided to opt for a settlement and paid 310 million dollars (295 million euros).

Apple already announced in 2017 that they did limit the performance of certain iPhones. But it must be for a good reason: to protect lithium-ion batteries from further degradation. Apple wants to prevent older devices from suddenly failing because of a weak battery. However, the manufacturer does not notify its customers.

Old iPhone intentionally slowed down?

“Apple misleads its customers by only releasing software updates that affect the performance of their phones. The manufacturer should have given them the opportunity to replace the battery or offer some other compensation,” Gutmann said.

If consumer rights defenders are found in court, Apple will face 750 million pounds (877 million euros) in damages, according to The Guardian. Around 25 million Britons will be eligible for compensation. These costs involve iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Apple, for its part, says it has no malicious intent and just wants to make sure all of its products last as long as possible without compromising the user experience.

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