If you own an iPhone, chances are you’re not very happy with Apple right now, especially if your phone is one of the older models. News broke this week that Apple had been purposely slowing down older iPhone models, and customers were not happy about it.
Apple claims the slow down is an effort to extend the lifespan of the older phones, since battery life decreases as phones age. However, iPhone owners are seeing it as an attempt to force customers into buying newer models of the phone. Many owners of older generation iPhones claim they all upgraded to newer models when their phone significantly slowed down after downloading new versions of iOS. The owners claim they would have just replaced their batteries instead of buying whole new phones if they knew what was allegedly going on. As a result, Apple is now being hit with multiple lawsuits. One of these lawsuits is seeking a whopping $999 billion! At least eight lawsuits have now been filed with different federal courts, complaining that Apple deliberately hindered their product’s performance and that they showed a great lack of transparency about the issue.
While a simple battery replacement could have solved the problem, Apple refused to make that information clear to its customers, and now people are claiming the tech giant attempted to conceal that information on purpose. To put that into monetary terms – many people happy with their perfectly functioning old iPhone models could have just spent between $50 – $100 for a new battery, instead of spending the $1,000 price tag for the new iPhone X. You can see why people are peeved… Apple recently issued a statement on the matter:
“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”
“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 during these conditions. “We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plan to add support for other products in the future. Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.”
However, the $999 billion lawsuit, which was filed in San Francisco on Thursday, accused Apple of masking the problem in an attempt to make more money. It focuses on the fact that Apple refused to provide free battery replacements to those affected, and slowed down their older iPhones in an attempt to hide the faulty batteries. The lawsuit is being handled by attorney Jeffrey Fazio. He was behind the $53 million settlement with the company in 2013, which was about the way Apple handled iPhone warranty claims. While it is uncertain whether or not any of the current lawsuits against Apple will be successful, you should pay attention if you own one of the affected phones. The lawsuits are class-action, which means all owners of the faulty iPhones are automatically represented. If you’ve had enough of Apple altogether and are looking to switch phones, check out the video below. It shows you the new Google Pixel 2 phone and discusses how it stacks up against the latest iPhone. I don’t know how you feel, but Google and Samsung are looking pretty good these days!