A few months ago, it was branded “fake news” when Reddit users discovered that iPhones were being deliberately slowed down. They discovered that changing a phone’s battery restored its normal processing speed, and the “lowly” Internet thinkers ended up exposing Apple to the point where they were forced to officially admit they did purposefully slow down iPhones.
After Apple officially admitted they slow down old phones, several lawsuits followed. I guess certain people who know how to file lawsuits stay poised to act in opportunus situations like this, as petty as it may seem to sue Apple over the speed of an iPhone.
Apple officially admitted to slowing down its iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and SE when batteries are old, have a low charge, or are cold.
Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed yesterday by plaintiffs in Illinois and California, alleging that Apple did not have their consent to slow down the iPhones.
Two people from Chicago and people from Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina make the claim that Apple’s iOS updates were purposefully designed to “purposefully slow down the performance speeds” of the iPhones “fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple.”
An attorney for the plaintiffs, James Vlahakis said “Corporations have to realise that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected.
Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”
According to the Guardian:
The two California plaintiffs, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, are seeking damages saying that Apple’s actions caused them to suffer “economic damages and other harm for which they are entitled to compensation”. The plaintiffs are trying to seek the case for all owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the US.
Bogdanovich and Speas claim that they “were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal” and that they “suffered interferences to their iPhone usage due to the intentional slowdowns”.”
They argue that due to the reasoning above, they are entitled to financial compensation, including the replacement of an old phone, loss of use and value, the purchasing of new batteries and “losses in the form of deprivation of the value of their iPhones.
It seems petty to me, but once again the “conspiracy theorists” were right, and Internet thinkers led to real life events unfolding. That is always worthy of celebration.