Apple Served with a New Class Action Lawsuit over iPhone Throttling

BY Mahit Huilgol

Published 1 Aug 2019

iPhone XS BatteryYet another group of individuals has filed a lawsuit against Apple for throttling performance of older iPhones. The lawsuit is filed in Northern California federal court and accused the company of “secretly throttling” older iPhones in 2017.

The issue as such is nothing new, Apple is currently facing multiple class-action lawsuits for throttling iPhones. The company throttled iPhone performance in order to match the output of chemically aged batteries. However, users accused Apple of throttling the older iPhones so that they will be forced to buy newer ones.

While Plaintiffs and the class need not attribute any motive behind Apple’s intentional degradation of the Devices, it is evident that Apple continued to do so for the simple reason most frauds are committed: money.

Apple denied allegations of planned obsolescence and it claims to have never done anything to shorten the life of its product.

“We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”

That apart Apple has been very secretive about when it comes to dealing with the batterygate controversy. The company introduced a performance management system in iOS 10.2.1 but didn’t mention it on the release note. As part of this update, users were able to see Battery Health and whether or not their iPhone is performing at the peak.

Our Take

As part of the resolution, Apple apologized to the customers and also offered $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 and newer models. Users will get to switch on/off the performance management system on the iPhone.

It is worth noting that Apple supports older iPhones for a longer period of time. For instance, the iOS 13 released last year supported iPhone 5s, a device that was launched in 2013. According to statistics, Apple is supporting iPhones that are as old as six years when it comes to major iOS updates. We hope Apple will be more transparent from the beginning when it comes to addressing issues like the iPhone throttling.

[via MacRumors]