Apple sued for slowing down iPhones with older batteries


Apple is getting sued for "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out". A lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas. 

The plaintiffs claim that Cupertino's decision to implement power management features that can affect the performance of an iPhone presents a breach of contract, as Apple has failed to properly inform the user or obtain consent prior to making these changes. Here's what the filing reads:


The claim that the slowdown happens a result of "new models coming out" is rather speculative, as it became clear that the measures were taken to prevent shutdowns which could occur when a deteriorated battery cannot supply enough power to the processor.

The two plaintiffs (and the law firm that represents them) are also seeking California and nationwide class action certification, which would include all persons residing in the US who have owned any iPhone models older than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. That's a lot of people. 

As you've probably heard, these developments are a direct result of Apple's admission of slowing down iPhones with older batteries in certain situations in order to prevent more serious issues like unexpected shutdowns. These measures were taken in January 2017, when Apple released an iOS update which addressed an issue with unexpected iPhone shut-downs after many user reports and complaints. 

At the time, no one asked about Apple's approach to fixing the issue and the company hushed it up until a recent user investigation on Reddit and a subsequent confirmation from benchmarks provoked an official response.

While deteriorating batteries is an issue akin to any phone of the past and present, Apple's failure to properly inform the user about the measures it took is what leaves so many disappointed. If it was common knowledge that a battery replacement was all that's needed to get your iPhone running faster, a lot of people would have probably stuck with their older model instead of replacing it with a new one. Hopefully, we'll see more transparency from Apple after the dust from "Throttlinggate" settles.

source: TMZ via MacRumors

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74 Comments

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Crappy move on Apple's part!

9. Peacetoall unregistered

MXYBATMITE criticizing apple strange!

37. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Calm your tits, this isn't Mxy.

40. Peacetoall unregistered

maybe

78. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It clearly isn't Mxy, because T12RYK doesn't troll BlackBerry articles. Soon as Mxy would make a new account, he was easily recognizable because he'd immediately start attacking user meanestgenius and troll the hell out of all things Blackberry-related. Anyone who knows of Mxy's reputation as well as us would know this.

85. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Thank you! I've never even heard of this Mxy guy.

44. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Remember when fast charging started popping up... and sheeple said it would just degrade a battery faster... i wonder why in less than a year their 'safe' slow charge is deteriorating batteries to the point that a software fix in required for the phone to physically stay on.... You know what it is Iphonearena... call Apple out... not many people were interested in the 8 aka 7s and the X is nice but with too many drawbacks aka price (and repair for that matter)... Sales are not that great and you know it, has there ever been buy one get one free deals on the brand new iphone right after it came for the past 10 years? NO... quit playing yourselves apple has ya'll like puppets and it's sad the iphone 7 is a great phone, this year they just couldn't bring it besides that A11 chip... they will have something next year. and mark my words articles in 6 months will be talking about how apple messed up the end of 2017

56. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

In Qualcomm FAQ, they specifically said, batteries that are designed to be fasted charged are not damaged by fast charging. If you use a fast charger on a non-supported phone, the battery may charge a little faster than normal, but not enough to damage it. Apple fans just used that has an excuase5out of hatred an jealousy, because Apple is so behind everyone else. Just like they hated OLED displays, even though they have looked awesome for years on Samsung phones. Now they love them. They hated overestimated photos. Now Samsung is more natural and Apple is kversathrsted, they swear it's awesome.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can't believe people are even defending Apple Its unexcusable that ~1 year old phones are having shut down issues due to battery degredation Apple should have repaired or replaced their 6S instead of hiding the problem Google even upgraded 6P users to the Pixel XL because of the same issue

57. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Android OEM's with the exception of Motorola are always class to their customers.

77. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Apple + greedy + brainwashed ifans = $$$$. Thats how Apple become rich.

2. tonyv13

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Lol seems like now you can sue for anything.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You'll be sued for saying that out loud.

13. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

And you'll be sued for saying THAT out loud!

52. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So you think this ok, damn

58. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Misrepresentation of a product is grounds for a lawsuit. Look it up!

3. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Maybe because Apple wants consumers to buy the newer faster iPhones instead of consumers hanging on to their present phones. Previously IOS users take pride of their 1 or 2 year old iphones still as fast as new ones. That ain't happening anymore.

59. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It's not gonna stop them from buying.

4. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I demand a brand spanking new iPhone X in exchange for my old 5S! :D

5. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I'll bash Apple as much as the next man, but this seems like the first time they might actually be in serious trouble. Ok, we know they said that they 'have to reduce the clock speed to prevent shutdowns from not getting enough power' To which my next question is... "You purposefully designed a device that would struggle to meet its own power requirements after 1-2 years?" Be interesting to see how this unfolds.

7. Ray.S

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Why would you think they "purposefully" designed it so? Each battery will deteriorate and lose capacity and health faster or slower, depending on how you care for it. In the general case, that's 2 years. 2 years with an industry-leading processor is not bad at all. Would you rather have a slower phone that remains just as slow after the second year?

10. Papa_Ji

Posts: 877; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Don't make excuses.It's now official..... APPLE PRODUCTS ARE OF CHEAP QUALITY AND OVERPRICED.

63. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

When Android users said, Apple products seem to slow when new phones arrived, they were labelled haters. It's funny how things said about Apple always end up being true. Yet, they will still attack even after Apple admits to wrongdoing or questionable behavior. We all knew Apple makes subpar products. I mean the iPhone 7+ cost $220 to make. When the S7 edge costs $307 to make. $100 of better quality parts. Oh and remember, just because an OEM may use a quality component maker, doesn't mean they purchased the highest quality part. The best part of iPhone is, SoC, RAM, Internal Storage, cameras and the display and modem. The rest of it is pure junk.

12. Peacetoall unregistered

How about notifying their users about unhealthy battery and notify them to change the faulty battery so that they could enjoy their 2 year old iphone performing as new it was. But instead apple played dumb and without the user consent ,intentionally slowed down their expensive iphones to force them to buy new succesor. Apple really f**ked up this time and deserve a slap in a form of legal terms

15. Peacetoall unregistered

Now we officially know why predecessor iphones were getting slowed down. It was apple doing it intentionally this is absolutely unacceptable. My three year old backberry passport is still going strong.

64. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

But then no one would buy a new phone. It's called, self preservation. Apple has enough following and has been in business long enough to know, there customers will upgrade every year to every 2 years without let up. They don't have to do things like this. But making it hard for users to repair their own device means $$$$$$. Samsung included.

14. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

There are a trillion other ways Apple could have thought this and provided a better solution for the end users one of which they provide notification saying “ your battery is nearing the end of its life cycle, it is recommended to replace it” you know just like when you reach you storage limit? Just slowing down the phone expecting you to figure out that it is the battery is the culprit and not the device itself is bad no matter how you look at it!

18. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Don't talk rubbish, Apple uses poor quality batterys and always has, every iPhone user i know has had battery problems, having to charge multiple times in a day. If a manufacturer uses quality components they will last, my wife is still using my old Xperia Z2 (almost 4 years old) and it's running just fine and gets heavy use. Apples use of cheap components is in itself planned obsolescence.

65. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

God Bless you!!!! And not the Apple God. Every iPhone model has had battery issues, connection issues and more. This is why Apple doesn't let you rollback to working firmware when they screw those up. Bricking devices, not usingbheatsinks, soldering parts vs using sockets are all in their history. Apple has been sued for these things and Judges have never held them responsible. With so many complaints, oems need to be held responsible for their products. Apple or otherwise.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The iPhone 6S was ~1 year old when Apple first release this patch They are applying it to iPhone 7 with a recent iOS update i.e. their batteries are having issues around 1 year later, that's unacceptable They need to own up to it

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