Apple admitted that it had been throttling the processors on older Iphones with old batteries, to keep them working longer, Apple stated that it did it with consumers’ interest in mind.
After IOS updates some users noted that the phones started to work slower, but even if it elongated the life of the device, would likely convince customers to buy a new one, considering Apple makes new Iphones once a year.
Two lawsuits have been brought against Apple for this practice.
Some consumers have long speculated that once a new iPhone is released, software updates would slog down older models to push customers to buy new phones, and they seem to believe that Apple’s motives were less than sincere.
A press release for one of the lawsuits, stated Apple’s “iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very purpose in mind—fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple.”
The lawsuit claims that Apple’s actions are a violation of deceptive business laws in Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina.
In California a second lawsuit states that the plaintiffs “never consented to allow Defendants [Apple] to slow their iPhones” and that they “were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal.”
Apple wasn’t available immediately to confirm whether it had been notified about the suits.