July 4, 2022

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Apple sued again to slow down older iPhones

In the UK, Apple has to answer a judge because, according to an activist, it will deliberately slow down older iPhones.

British consumer rights activist Justin Gutman said that Apple deliberately underestimated the performance of older iPhones with weak batteries in 2017. To write in the British newspaper Watchman† Apple Crash two years ago Already a similar charge in the United States. Then the iPhone maker decided to opt for a settlement and paid $310 million (€295 million).

Apple already announced in 2017 that it had already pared down the performance of some iPhones. But it was for a good reason: to protect lithium-ion batteries from further deterioration. Apple wanted to prevent older devices from suddenly failing due to weak batteries. However, the manufacturer did not tell its customers.

Old iPhones deliberately slowed down?

“Apple misled its customers by simply releasing a software update that affected the performance of their phones. The manufacturer should have given them the opportunity to replace the battery or provide some other compensation,” says Guttmann.

According to the Guardian, if the consumer rights advocate were in favor of the judge, Apple would consider damages of 750 million pounds (877 million euros). About 25 million Britons will be eligible for compensation. The fee relates to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8iPhone 8 In addition to the iPhone X.

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