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That Was Quick: Apple Sued For Slowing Down iPhones

25 December 2017

Studies by third party engineers previous year had begun to discover that there was something hidden in Apple's software that deliberately throttled the performance of phones with older batteries.

But this week, Apple seemingly revealed another huge problem with their older iPhone models, as a direct result of the batteries used within the products.

Eliezer Rabinovits and Victor Mazzeo of NY have filed a class action against Apple regarding the slowing iPhone battery issue.

People who owned iPhone 6, 6s, and 6s Plus devices have been complaining that their devices shut down spontaneously even though they had sufficient battery. The organisations' founder John Poole correctly predicted that the iPhone's software was created to decrease phone performance as the battery aged.

Apple said that last year's iOS 10.2.1 update was created to address these problems.

"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". Now things would have been much different for the user had these phones come with a plastic back, allowing for the replacement of the battery with a brand new one in an effortless manner, but this is an imperfect world and we can not always have what we want.

Apple noted that lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, causing the device to unexpectedly shut down to protect its electronic components.

"While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slowdown is due to CPU performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple-introduced CPU slowdown".

The company said it added the fix past year to prevent shutdowns on iPhone 6, 6s and SE models, then added it to the iPhone 7 with plans for more devices in the future.

Apple says that if it didn't add this feature, those phones could shut down more often. Remember, the most expensive iPhone model costs $999 and that is no small amount for a device that will eventually be slowed down just to deliver an optimum battery life experience.

Obviously, Apple's plan, regardless if it was for better or for worse, was not taken with welcoming arms, hence the lawsuit filed against the Cupertino giant.