Apple, facing lawsuits, provides explanation for slowing down old iPhones

Apple, facing lawsuits, provides explanation for slowing down old iPhones

The litigant has a point of view that Apple's decision of slowing older iPhones to preserve battery health, was "never requested or agreed upon" by the company.

So, iPhone owners generally won't see a slowdown the first time they get one of Apple's big annual updates (eg an iPhone 6S owner going from iOS 9 to iOS 10 during 2016) but will the next year (to iOS 11).

Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas have filed suit in the US District Court for the Central District of California, accusing Apple of intentionally slowing down older devices to promote the sale of newer models. In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance. Many users haven't realized it, but as TeckFire found out, swapping in a new battery will actually speed up these older iPhones.

TeckFire figured that it was just iOS 11, being bad. It turns out I was wrong. However, when users with older iPhones posted lower-than-expected Geekbench 4 scores, which increased after replacing the phone's battery, questions were raised over what was really happening.

Apple has been relatively silent over the issue but in a statement earlier this week, they revealed the reason.

Last year, Apple released a feature in its iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to supply the peaks only when required in order to stop the device from shutting down.

They claim that Apple's iOS updates "were engineered to purposefully slow down or "throttle down" the performance speeds" of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Two people from Chicago, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, claim that Apple's iOS updates were created to "purposefully slow down the performance speeds" of the phones "fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple". "This fix will also cause users to think, "my phone is slow so I should replace it" not, 'my phone is slow so I should replace its battery.' Poole added that this will likely feed into the "planned obsolecense [sic]" narrative. The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot".

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