More Apple iPhone owners sue over software to slow older phones

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Consumers are not happy with Apple’s admission that it intentionally slowed down older iPhones to keep up with declining batteries, reports USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on Talking Tech.

 

The number of suits filed against Apple continues to grow in the wake of the device maker’s admission of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns as the batteries age.

Five iPhone owners from New York, New Jersey and Florida are seeking class-action status in a suit filed Tuesday in federal court in New York that their iPhones slowed after software updates. Four of the five plaintiffs bought new iPhones because of the slowing, they say in the suit. They had owned either iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S or 7 models.

The suit joins others seeking class action status filed last week in California and Illinois. Another case had been filed in Israel, according to Reuters, which cited a report in the newspaper Haaretz.

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In the latest suit, the iPhone owners contend that Apple’s failure to notify iPhone users of the practice and not promoting the ability to replace the batteries in their older devices amounts to fraud, deception and breach of contract.

“(Apple) breached the implied contracts it had made with the Plaintiffs and members of the proposed class and sub-classes by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models came out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time the parties entered into an agreement,” the suit says.

Apple did not respond to comment on the latest suits, but last week said as the Lithium-ion batteries in iPhones age, the devices can unexpectedly shut down.

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions,” the company said.

 

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Apple confirmed a theory many users have had for years: the iPhone gets slower with age. The confirmation comes after Reddit users noticed their devices were getting slower as the batteries in their iPhones got weaker.
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