Apple faces multiple lawsuits over smothered iPhones



Apple announces a fix for the iPhone battery throttling

CEO Tim Cook says that there is an update for the iOS operating system will give users more information about the health of their smartphone battery, and also let people turn off any software delays.

Dozens of iPhone-owners are taking Apple Inc. to the court about the disclosure by the company that the delayed old phones to save battery power, in what would become one of the biggest legal challenges for the smartphone since its 2007 debut.

Five dozen iPhone customers have submitted, at least 59 separate lawsuits since December accuses Apple of slowing down their phones to stimulate people to buy new iPhones, according to court records. The lawsuits were filed after Apple said in December that the software updates reduced the performance of the older models of phones. They seek an unspecified financial award, attorneys ‘ fees and the free iPhone battery replacement, as well as a corrective advertising campaign.


The lawsuits are seeking class-action status. Efforts to combine the cases into a class-action suit will kick-off on 29 March legal meeting in Atlanta, the launch of an effort to have the class certified. A lead lawyer and a court location will also be chosen.


Class-action lawsuits are often filed against large companies, but the large number of cases, legal experts say more than 20 is a lot—is unusual. It is also about triple the number of lawsuits filed in 2010, more than the iPhone 4’s tendency to drop calls.


Apple released the resulting class-action lawsuit in 2012, agreeing to pay iPhone 4 owners $15 or give them a free case, according to Ira Rothken, the lawyer who represented the plaintiffs. The total potential amount payable is $315 million.

This last rise of the iPhone lawsuits would Apple with unique challenges. The company has been fighting to convince the users that the latest devices at a value of $1,000 or more, as the global demand for smartphones stagnates and people hold on to their devices longer.

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