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

82. Shafittey

Posts: 10; Member since: May 11, 2016

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75. gamehead unregistered

what they deserve

70. dimas

Posts: 3468; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Breach of contract: that's the keyword because they didn't inform their customers beforehand. Apple must brace themselves with more lawsuits coming.

62. Jrod99

Posts: 783; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Ok Apple. Redo this software. Nobody wants there phones throttled. Mine is just over 2 years and better not start showing these symptoms.

71. dimas

Posts: 3468; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sorry, 2 years is already vintage for apple. Add one more year and it will be considered ancient and ready for the museum.

49. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

In Cali if you Google lawsuits against Apple, Judges dismiss cases where Apple was clearly in the wrong, yet judges did nothing to protect vonsumets These judges are on Apple bankroll and it's time for this to stop. This is what is great about Android. When my phone gets an update, it shows a message that contains the information of what the update provides, before it is applied so you can opt out. Apple does show some info if you know where to look, but it should pop up on the screen. Any defect found within one year of production, even if the product is now out of warranty, the OEM should be forced to replace or repair the device at their own expense.

54. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's California, not Cali ( yes I know it short for California, still sounds stupid lol). LOL I hate that word, Cali and I am from there, lol "These judges are on Apple bankroll and it's time for this to stop" Agree, and that's why I see apple get a slap on the hand.

42. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Every apple user should sue apple for ripping them off......oh wait sheep will be sheep!

55. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If you feel Apple is ripping you off, you simply don't buy.

73. dimas

Posts: 3468; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

He's talking about the apple buyers who only knew about the throttling updates AFTER they bought their iphones and been using them for years. They already bought the phones so that means they were already ripped off.

41. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Good.

35. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Android already exceeded IOS from Android 7.1 In fluidity and speed.

21. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Good, They deserve this. I hope they lose because its good for us as customers.

17. Whitedot

Posts: 907; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Tim Cook will say: That's why we invented new iPhone 8 and toughest glass ever.

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: 464; 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: 930; 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: 1541; 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: 5842; 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

33. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Normal battery degradation or faulty, which is?

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5842; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hard to say exactly the problem, but either faulty batteries or poor engineering Apple know battery degrade over time and should design accordingly (same for all OEMs) Its not normal for 1 year of usage to cause battery degradation so bad that the phone has stability issues e.g. my Nexus 5 (bought in 2013, now used by my dad) still hasn't had enough battery degradation to cause stability issues and performance is still as good as day one Same for most phones

46. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Well I'm looking proves that show it faulty or degrade faster than normal. It can also be just from specific units.

80. vincelongman

Posts: 5842; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If faulty or degrade faster, the blame is Apple's QC and their battery supplier If normal degradation, the blame is Apple's low battery capicity and high SoC peak power consumption But as far as consumers are concerned, Apple screwed them with phones barely 1 year old having issues with shutting down and should be repaired or replaced

67. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Depends. Since iPhone have terrible battery life, that means they need to be charged more often, thus the battery is degrading faster. With normal usage, a battery after a year should still be retaining 80%+ of it's original charge. Even the MacBook has serious battery issues. Just look it up. Apple does use cheap batteries. The batts in the iPhone X are probably th3 best ever because it's made by Samsung SDI. But that doesn't mean Apple bought their best battery though. Since many Android devices last 2 work days on a single charge, that means the battery will last longer. When you consider Apple device need more charging, and they're smaller batteries, even in phones of similar physical size as other OEMs, u see how Apple is shortchanging you. Apple own admission is they make overpriced crappy products. The iPhone X is probably their greatest accomplishment, because it literally is the first iPhone made of quality components, which is why it cost $357 to make. I applaud them for finally making a very high quality device.

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