Only weeks after releasing its all-new state-of-the-art iPhone X, Apple is in the news once more, and this time, it’s not because of the company’s innovations. A report from tech magazine Ars Technica has revealed a startling practice. Has Apple been slowing older iPhone models, and if so, will there be consequences?
After Ars Technica’s report claiming that Apple intentionally slowed its older models whenever a new model was released, the tech world lit on fire. There have always been rumors that Apple slowed its old iPhones right before a new one was introduced to the market to get more people to buy the new phone. This rumor was seemingly confirmed by this new report, and Apple responded quickly.
The Cupertino company claimed that it did slow the processors on older model iPhones, but that it only did so in order protect the older batteries on the phone. It claimed that the strain put on older batteries could cause them to malfunction over time, so processor speeds were reduced on older phones to manage that risk. However, many consumers aren’t buying the explanation.
Apple is known for having one of the most active update cycles in the industry. Whereas Android OS phones usually get one or two full OS updates in each OS version’s lifetime, Apple is known for distributing around four updates per OS cycle. This coupled with previous complaints from consumers that their phones were slowing down makes some believe that this slowdown was more than a technical workaround. Some critics have even wondered why Apple didn’t offer replacement batteries, or offer a performance mode option in the phone settings that would explain why slowing the phone down would be necessary.
In the end, Apple has started a program offering $29 replacement batteries for iPhone 6s and earlier models. But it may be too little, too late as some consumers are banding together and filing bad faith lawsuits against the manufacturer. This, of course, sees new cases coming to attorneys all over the country, but more data may be needed before legal action can be taken.
Extreme Tech—a tech industry website—points out that unintentional slowdowns have struck Apple products when software updates are released. Some data collected in regards to this scandal may be influenced by these slowdowns. Also, though Apple has admitted to slowing some phones down, their actions to correct the misstep could carry weight considering that this problem probably caused no physical harm to anyone. That means these cases could depend on proving that the slowdown caused monetary damages to consumers.
From the tech services provider for attorneys by attorneys—Exactify.IT.