60 Lawsuits against Apple for Slowing down Older iPhones Will Likely Be Consolidated next Month

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 27 Feb 2018

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The number of class action lawsuits against Apple for slowing down older iPhones due to their aging batteries has increased to almost 60 now. Due to this, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has revealed that it is considering combining them into one for its hearing scheduled for March 29 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Out of the 59 lawsuits, 30 alone have been allocated to Judge Edward J. Davila in the Northern District of California. Here also, the lawsuits will be consolidated into one and a single hearing will take place due to their overlapping claims.

Apple has been the subject of many class action lawsuits ever since it confirmed that it slows down older iPhones due to their aging batteries. The revelation came as a shock to many because while rumors always pointed to Apple intentionally slowing down older iPhones with a software update, there was no hard data to back it up.

Due to the backlash that followed, Apple apologized to its customers and offered a discounted iPhone battery replacement program where older iPhone owners could get the battery in their phone replaced for only $29. This discounted battery replacement program is available for iPhone 6 and higher and runs throughout 2018.

Later on, the company also confirmed that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 will not be slowed down with a future software update thanks to “hardware updates” that address the battery issues.

[Via MacRumors]