US Senator wants answers over Apple's iPhone throttling

US Senator wants answers over Apple's iPhone throttling

Approximately 30 class action suits have been filed around the world against the iPhone maker, with some worldwide regulators already investigating Apple's decision to slow down older iPhones packing chemically aged batteries without telling customers.

In fact, the company is now facing an extraordinary number of class-action lawsuits both in the US and overseas.

The public had long speculated that Apple intentionally reduced the performance of its iPhones as part of a "planned obsolescence" plot to get consumers to purchase new iPhones with each update.

The Wall Street Journal writes that the chair of the senate commerce committee, senator John Thune, has written to Apple's Tim Cook, asking for elucidation around the company's handling of battery-related performance issues on iPhones.

The South Dakota lawmaker has given Apple until January 23 to respond.


This led Apple to announce a temporary price cut for iPhone replacement batteries. It remains unclear which iPhone model battery exploded or why it exploded. After all, Apple failed to provide any kind of notification to users who had older iPhones that it would be slowing down their devices.

"All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes", the company said, while adding that both time and the number of times the battery has been charged affect the chemical aging process.

Now, it seems, demand for that has placed serious constraints on battery availability. Replacement batteries for other devices such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone SE are available "without extended delays" in most countries.

Cue Geekbench. The organisation benchmarked the performance of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 devices running on different versions of iOS to see how the kernel density changes as the operating system is updated.

To make matters worse, the battery exploded in a Zurich Apple Store and caused the entire outlet to be evacuated.

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