Apple’s recent admission that it slows down old iPhones is not going down well with customers. Never mind the company’s claims that it’s to save the internal from harmful power spikes and prolong battery life, Apple now is now being sued for the practice.
Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, filed a lawsuit with the California District Court today, accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when new models come out.
“Defendant breached the implied contracts it made with Plaintiffs and Class Members by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement,” the lawsuit stated.
Bogdanovich and Speas say they’ve owned the iPhone 7 and several older iPhone models in the past, and have in each instance noticed that their older iPhone models slowed down when new models come out. The two say they didn’t consent to Apple’s so-called battery optimisation measures and were not even presented with the choice.
The class action lawsuit they’re seeking would cover every person that’s ever bought an iPhone older than the iPhone 8, across the US. Unfortunately, because of how the lawsuit has been worded, it might just fail.
The plaintiffs seem to believe their old iPhones were being throttled whenever a new model came out when what’s really the case is that Apple’s code slowed down their phones gradually as the batteries aged. Granted, doing that without informing owners isn’t excusable either, but technicalities matter in court.