Last week, Apple admitted that it deliberately slows down iPhones with older batteries. iPhone users were quick to react, taking their angry comments to social media and filing eight class action lawsuits against the company, with one asking for nearly $1 trillion in damages from the tech giant.
Apple - who confirmed that it slows down previous models in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns by saving battery life - has fuelled a conspiracy theory that older iPhones are intentionally slowed down so buyers need to purchase new models.
The firm is now facing eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. Each of these lawsuits are ‘class-action’, meaning all iPhone users affected by this issue are represented by the party filing the complaint.
So it's true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP 'CPU DasherX' shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz. pic.twitter.com/pML3y0Jkp2— Sam_Si (@sam_siruomu) December 20, 2017
Patently Apple, who found the $999 billion lawsuit against Apple, reports that the suit says "each member of the Class had to buy a newer iPhone model because the performance of their older iPhone model had slowed down as a result of Defendant’s purposeful conduct."
The suit also alleges that Apple could have disclosed that it had slowed down iPhones, and Class members would have been able to get new batteries instead of replacing their devices.
Other lawsuits claim that users blame an ageing computer processor for the poor performance on their old iPhones. But the issue lies in Apple, who only came forward with a confirmation after a Reddit user discovered that replacing the battery would restore the phone’s performance.
More proof on Apple intentionally slow down old iPhone: CPU benchmark Before and After battery replacement. Benchmark generated by App Geekbench 4 on an iPhone 6 used 3years. pic.twitter.com/N5iK9UNDj7— Sam_Si (@sam_siruomu) December 20, 2017
It's alleged that Apple knew of the older iPhones weak battery performance and chose not to reveal the truth to their customers in order to make more money off of iPhone users' upgrades. Of course, had customers known the problem was in the battery and not the phone itself, many would have opted to replace the weak battery instead of the entire handset.
In their statement last week, Apple admitted: "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."
While it's currently unclear how successful these lawsuits will be, there have been successful claims against the company before, so these lawsuits may just have a chance. In the meantime, here's how you can stop your old iPhone from slowing down.