The 59 lawsuits cases against Apple for battery throttling might merge into a class-action lawsuit
Here's how much Apple slowed down your iPhone.
Back in December, Apple admitted it had slowed down iPhones in an attempt to prevent sudden shutdowns. The controversial preservation feature only affected iPhones with an old or damaged battery, but still caused immense outrage among users. Since then, 59 cases have been filed in an attempt to take Apple to court. However, those almost five dozen cases might soon merge into one class-action lawsuit. The decision will be made on March, 29, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Most of the lawsuits are accusing Apple of forcing sales of new devices via slowing down older ones. Logically wise, that makes sense, as throttling usually happened post-iOS updates and if you see that your iPhone just got updated and became slower you might consider buying a new one. On the contrary, Apple's official statement regarding the saga explained that the slowdown was caused due to the dynamic performance adjustments introduced in iOS 10.2.1, which aimed to prevent shutdowns. Still, affected users will seek compensations in the form of attorneys' fees, financial awards, and free battery replacements for their iPhones.
If the class-action lawsuit happens, it will be one of the biggest Apple has ever faced. Back in 2010, Apple defended against a 20-case lawsuit because of the iPhone 4, which dropped signal when held a certain way. The lawsuit was dubbed "Antennagate" and affected users received a compensation equal to either 15 bucks or a bumper case for their iPhone.
source: The Wall Street Journal