Well, something is rotten in the kingdom of Apple. They’ve been sort of caught in a lie, and after everyone learned that they were intentionally slowing down old iPhones (after initially denying it), the people decided to take them to court.
Apple said they were slowing down the iPhones in order to “extend the lifespan” and “save battery life.” Weird how making your phone slower will also make you more prone to consider replacing it, no?
Pssst, kid. Wanna buy a new iPhone?
But that didn’t sit well with a lot of people. According to Unilad, the company is now facing not one, or two, but a total of eight separate lawsuits – with one demanding a whopping $999 billion in damages. Yup, you can read that again, it’s 999 BILLION.
Consumers are mostly blaming Apple for lack of transparency and a deliberate hindering of their smartphones. The tech giant has also been accused of covering up the battery issue instead of offering the option of easy replacement.
It’s 2018, and Apple still doesn’t offer battery replacement.
All the lawsuits are ‘class-action’ which means that the issue identified in the complaint is general and affects all iPhone users. The Daily Mail reports that one of the lawsuits filed last Thursday in San Francisco is being represented by Jeffrey Fazio, an attorney who has previously orchestrated a $53 million settlement with Apple back in 2013 over the way it handled iPhone warranty claims.
It’s all about the battery replacement. Or the lack of.
But that’s just one lawsuit – there are seven more. And some of them claim that the deliberate slowing down deceived customers into thinking it’s the phone’s processor fault. This, in turn, made them switch to a newer model- unnecessarily.
And Apple knew all about this, but chose not to be transparent and even deny it.
But finding themselves pushed into a corner, Apple finally admitted. Their official statement read:
“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. 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 during these conditions.
We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plan to add support for other products in the future.
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.”
But is that really what’s best for the customers? Or for you, Apple?
It is unclear if these lawsuits against the tech behemoth will be successful. After all, the company is sure to defend itself to the very end, being armed with the best lawyers. But with the help of decent attorneys, the people have won against Apple before. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed.