Apple Slammed With a Class-Action Lawsuit for Slowing Down iPhones Without User’s Consent
Why are we not surprised? After Apple released its official statement where the tech giant detailed that it was slowing down iPhones in exchange for better battery life, it did not take long for a lawsuit to be aimed at the company. The lawsuit is now seeking a list of damages and compensation from Apple for slowing down handsets without the user’s consent.
This Is a California and Nationwide Class Action Certification – If Apple Is Found Guilty, It Would Cover Everyone Living in the U.S.
Residents of Los Angeles, Stefan Bogdanovich, and Dakota Speas have been represented by Wilshire Law Firm and both of them filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs are accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when newer models are released and this has been happening without their consent or approval.
As the battery of the iPhone ages, it is unable to hold the same charge as it did once before. With a yearly software update, Apple forces the processor of the phone to clock down so that it consumes less battery but also ends up making the phone extremely slow. Apple also did not disclose to its user base that with such software updates, their phones would end up slowing, adding more frustration. This is what the lawsuit is revolving around.
Now if the verdict goes in the favor of the plaintiffs, then every individual who has owned an iPhone before the iPhone 8 is expected to be compensated. This is what is known as a California and Nationwide class action certification.
By their nature, lithium-ion batteries are not expected to hold the same charge after a predetermined number of charge cycles. However, it also does not give Apple the right to slow down devices without informing their users first. At the same time, users can swap out their old batteries for a new one, but the process is a little more difficult than just opening the bottle cap of a Coke.
The lawsuit is now demanding the following:
- Replacement of the old iPhone
- Compensation for loss of use and loss of value
- Purchasing of new batteries
- Overpayments because users did not get what they paid for
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