Lawsuit alleges Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones

While a second lawsuit, filed by five plaintiffs in the Northern District of the State of IL, accused Apple of deliberately keeping power management features a secret in an effort to persuade customers to upgrade to newer devices.

To prevent those shutdowns from happening, Apple artifically limits the processor of iPhones with bad batteries to prevent power spikes. "Apple's failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone's performance is being deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information", says the press release for the lawsuit. They claim Apple never requested consent from them to "slow down their iPhones".

There's at least one Reddit thread discussing whether Apple slows down the performance for older iPhone models which have lower-performing batteries, as compared to newer models like the iPhone X and iPhone 8.

Another iPhone customer, Emily Peguero, echoed Prozor's sentiments, telling ABC News, "I feel like Apple keeps coming up with new products and new products and slowing down the other versions so that you have to buy the new version".

In comments to CNBC, Apple did not directly acknowledge the lawsuits, but stuck up for their algorithm-enabled slowdowns, citing customer satisfaction for the company's decision.

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The statement continued, "Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions".

The initial statement said that the age of the phone doesn't determine the speed, but rather the age of the battery does.

Apple has perhaps suffered the most from copycat and one model which looks like a clone of the iPhone 7 Plus is the OnePlus 5.

But it said its goal was improving "overall performance and prolonging" the life of the phones.

On Wednesday, Apple admitted it slows down older iPhones because of battery problems which can cause iPhones to shut down without warning.

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