Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones


Well isn’t this great. Just after I finally capitulated and ditched my Android phone. Of course my Android phone wasn’t exactly lightning fast either.

(From Reuters)

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change…

…The company acknowledged last week for the first time in detail that operating system updates released since “last year” for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a feature “to smooth out” power supply from batteries that are cold, old or low on charge.

Phones without the adjustment would shut down abruptly because of a precaution designed to prevent components from getting fried, Apple said.

The disclosure followed a Dec. 18 analysis by Primate Labs, which develops an iPhone performance measuring app, that identified blips in processing speed and concluded that a software change had to be behind them.

So, Apple updated its older phones to handle new software without completely blowing up, but by so doing slowed the older phones? That doesn’t seem crazy to me. Of course such a slowdown would have now doubt triggered the purchase of new and “better” iPhones.

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