File photo: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, USA September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Apple has admitted that it deliberately slows down older models of the iPhone to preserve battery life in older phones. But now the company is charged for the admission.
According to TMZ, a new class action suit has been submitted against the company of Stefan Bogdanovich, an L. A. man and a iPhone 8 users. Bogdanovich said that Apple’s slowing down the older models of the iPhone is not part of an agreement and thinks it is a trick from Apple to get people to upgrade to the new phones.
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News about the lawsuit.
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On Wednesday, the theory that Apple slows down older iPhones to get people to upgrade surfaced after a post on Reddit, and a number of tests done by Primate Labs’ John Poole, the subject in the spotlight.
In a statement obtained by TechCrunch in response to the theory, Apple said:
Our goal is to provide the best experience for customers, including overall performance and extending the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries are less able to deliver peak current requirements when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which may cause the device to unexpectedly shut down to protect the electronic components.
Last year we released a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the transient peaks when it is necessary to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We have now expanded that feature on the iPhone with iOS 7 11.2, and the plan to add support for other products in the future.
Apple has further delved into the issue of the lithium-ion batteries on its website, which have a limited life. On the site, Apple notes that the battery for up to 80 percent of its original charge after 500 charge.
Despite the statement, some iPhone users are not happy with the company, with several taking to social media to express their displeasure.
Hey @Apple if you are going to slow down iphone 6,6 s, SE a other versions because the battery life just not and send us the updates, because we pay for these phones is that you choose to simply slow down for your own reasons, that it is not safe ?
— It is Mike??♂️Larry (@Chukko14K) December 21, 2017
It is a pity that Apple had no choice than to throttle the Cpu ‘ s or iPhones shut down at 40%. Really disappointing that there was really no other solution for the problem available to them. They were in a tough spot, because there was nothing else they could do. A pity tha
— Julian Lepinski (@JulianLepinski) December 21, 2017
Someone finally sues Apple for slowing down older models of iPhones ??? I hope they win ??
— Lauren ? (@beautiful1loren) December 21, 2017
Others have noted that devices always throttled for power management reasons as they get older, but added Apple could do a better job explaining the situation.
Apple has in-depth instructions on it almost a year ago to explain how the batteries age (including early), what was being done to prevent the spikes and shut downs, etc. Tech press knew.
In hindsight, the power management is either overly aggreesive or message too passive. https://t.co/pFyWYFnMAR
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) December 21, 2017
The battery life issue for Apple, and the iPhones is a fascinating because the average life span of an iPhone is so much longer than other devices.
It is their attempt to try to solve a problem for a lot of the people who hold on to phones for 3 years or longer.
Agree that it is an option.
— Ben Bajarin (@BenBajarin) 20 December 2017
The company has three new iPhone models in September, including the long-awaited iPhone-X.
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