Apple now faces over two dozen lawsuits for ‘purposefully’ or ‘secretly’ slowing down older iPhones

“Apple now faces over two dozen lawsuits around the world that either accuse the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones, or at least of failing to disclose power management changes it made starting in iOS 10.2.1,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“The lawsuits include 23 class action complaints in the United States, with the latest two filed on Thursday by Marc Honigman and Lauri Sullivan-Stefanou in New York and Ohio respectively, according to electronic court records reviewed by MacRumors,” Rossignol reports. “Apple is also being sued in Israel and France.”

“Many of the lawsuits demand Apple compensate all iPhone users who have experienced slowdowns, offer free battery replacements, refund customers who purchased brand new iPhones to regain maximum performance, and add info to iOS explaining how replacing an iPhone’s battery can prevent slowdowns,” Rossignol reports. “Apple has since issued an apology for its lack of communication, and it has reduced the price of battery replacements to $29 for iPhone 6 and newer through the end of 2018. Apple has also promised to release an iOS update early this year that will give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, as Hanlon’s razor states: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

As has almost always been the case with Apple, unfortunately, transparency comes later, not sooner, and usually as a reaction to negative publicity. A simple Knowledge Base article would have preempted all of this Reddit sleuthing and the attendant handwringing and erroneous presumptions.MacDailyNews, December 20, 2017

Apple should provide a toggle switch in Settings where users specify if they’d like to keep running at high processor speeds even if it means rapid shutdowns or if they’d like to run at lower processors speeds to accommodate an aging battery that requires replacement.MacDailyNews, December 27, 2017

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27 Comments

  1. I like MDNs opinion regarding allowing the user to select whether or not they want to keep the clock speeds high even if it means lowering the battery life.

    I purposefully downgraded my iPhone 7+ to 11.1.2 as soon as I heard about the intentional slow down that 11.2 came with.

    I want to replace the battery on my own without having Apple slow down my iPhone for me.

    This was a bad decision to not tell the public and now Apples reputation has become tarnished because of it.

    1. If you aren’t experiencing the sudden shutdown problem after reverting, you weren’t pushing the CPU enough to have experienced a slowdown before reverting.

        1. And what part of “a phone that shuts down frequently without warning is much less desirable for most users than a phone that levels out peak usage” do you not understand?

  2. Not looking for a new battery, looking for “money for nothing, plus get your battery replacement nearly free.”

    Let the sorrowful violins play for how these opportunistic people have suffered so at the hands of “evil” Apple. (And please put this ahead of third world suffering, which is nothing by comparison.)

  3. 2 QUESTIONs to anybody…

    If I have Apple put in a new battery in my iPhone 7, will it speed it back up to its original speed?

    Are these new replacement batteries from Apple susceptible to the same rapid shutdowns as the current batteries?

    If the answer to the second question is “NO”, then can I assume that my phone won’t be slowed down by all future iOS updates?

    (OK, 3 questions…)

    1. The reply to your questions depends on the condition of the ‘new’ battery. Assuming it is not faulty; 1) It should 2)yes, it will also deteriorate over time 3)Depending on the increase in the number of clock cycles required to complete tasks there is a possibility of slowdown with a newer OS.

      Until Apple releases their “iOS update early this year that will give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery”, there is no way to tell if the new battery is faulty even if it appears to ‘freshen’ up the device speed compared to before replacement.

        1. Not obsoleting the software the device depends on also helps. Especially if the OS is not allowed to be updated anymore. Though it may eat in to some new device sales, having a secondary site to move over ‘older’ Apps for legacy devices might help Apple’s PR regarding ‘forced’ device upgrades.

  4. “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

    Okay, it’s no malice it’s incompetence. I feel better. /s
    Nah, my money’s on malice in the form of arrogance and hubris.

  5. I wish someone would actually sit down and compare Apple’s iPhone battery lawsuits against the Samsung Galaxy S7 lawsuits. Putting them side by side would show exactly how ridiculous the lawsuits against Apple are. Any proper judge would laugh at how ridiculous the complaints are that are being filed against Apple. Psychological pain and suffering due to an iPhone slowdown. That’s a good one.

    1. Difference in the level of expectations and trust a user has for each brand? Could explain a charge of Psychological pain and suffering due to how emotional invested some people get.

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