Apple Faces First Class Action Lawsuit For Slows Down Older iPhone Models

Following yesterday's speculation that it slows down older iPhones to help manage batter wear, Apple today has been hit with its first class action lawsuit over the tactic. Filed in Los Angeles, California, the lawsuit accuses Apple’s battery saving “feature” of causing users to suffer and hurting the value of the older device.

Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, represented by Wilshire Law Firm, this morning filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when new models come out.

The plaintiff has owned the iPhone 7 and several older iPhone models and have noticed that their "older iPhone models slows down when new models come out." The two did not consent to have Apple slow down their devices, nor were they able to "choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal."

While this case seems to be focused primarily on the iPhone 7, recently these devices received battery performance balancing feature through iOS 11.2, which we have to imagine this won’t be the only lawsuit Apple sees because of this feature. In addition, Bogdanovich is seeking damages payments to affected users, and he also wants Apple to stop the practice altogether.

This lawsuit occurred after Apple addressed speculation that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with degraded batteries, confirming that there are power management features in place to attempt to prolong the life of the iPhone and its battery. The firm implemented these features last year in iOS 10.2.1.

Via 9to5Mac And MacRumors, Image Credit Neowin

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