Apple Faces Lawsuits as It Admits to Slowing Old iPhones

Apple logo outside a building

Apple logo outside a building

Apple Inc. cheated iPhone users as it slowed devices without any warning. The deceleration was to compensate for poor battery performance, this according to the lawsuits filed against the company.

The lawsuit opposed that the tweak might have led with iPhone users attempting to resolve issues over the past year.

Class-action has been pursued with all the filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Courts in California, New York, and Illinois. It seeks to represent the possibly millions of iPhone users affected throughout the country.

Last week, the tech giant discussed in detail the effect of the new operating system to its older iPhone models. According to the company, the OS updates released since “last year” for the iPhones 6, 6s, SE, and 7 has a feature which was meant “to smooth out” the power supply of cold, old, or low on charge batteries.

Apple then said that phones without the adjustment will suddenly shut down. This was meant to be a precaution which will prevent having fried components.

The admission followed an analysis made by the developer of an iPhone performance measuring app, Primate Labs. It detected blips in processing speed which then led to the conclusion that the problem lies with the software change.

There were eight lawsuits filed against Apple in several federal courts in the week following the company’s statement regarding the year-old software change.

One lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Thursday said that the defect lies in “the batteries’ inability to handle the demand created by processor speeds.”

“Rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect,” stated in the complaint.

Apple was not immediately available for comment regarding the filings.

Samsung Scion Denies Corruption

outside a Samsung store

The heir to Apple’s long-time rival, Samsung Group denied allegations of offense as his appeals trial neared its end.

The South Korea-based tech company’s Vice Chairman, Jay Y. Lee was convicted of bribing the country’s former president. He then made the denial on Wednesday during the appeals trial of his five-year jail term for corruption.

The court’s decision was that the bribe supported Lee’s strength in controlling Samsung Electronics. SE still remains as the crown jewel of the conglomerate and is one of top technology firms of the world.

The Seoul High Court is projected to make the ruling on the appeal by late January.

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