Apple admits to slowing iPhones, you're not imagining it

Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones
Apple Finally Admits They've Been Slowing Down Old iPhones on Purpose
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24 December, 2017

No, you're not insane: on Wednesday, Apple confirmed a longstanding conspiracy theory, admitting that it has been throttling the performance of older iPhones since 2016.

Residents of Los Angeles, Stefan Bogdanovich, and Dakota Speas have been represented by Wilshire Law Firm and both of them filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Apple's disclosure came after iPhone users on Reddit reported that replacing batteries on older phones appeared to improve their phones' speed. Apple should've also presented the user a choice whether they want to use a phone with a throtelled processor and not sugar coat a new update under the guise of new features.

Amy Bessette, an Apple spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the suits, sent before regular business hours in Cupertino, California.

It's claimed that Apple's actions were nefarious and disingenuous, as iPhone users were misled as to the why their iPhones were actually slowing down over time.

"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 down during these conditions", the company said this week. After Apple released its official statement where the tech giant detailed that it was slowing down iPhones in exchange for better battery life, it did not take long for a lawsuit to be aimed at the company.

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For instance, Todd Haselton at CNBC says Apple should replace iPhone batteries at no charge as to guarantee users a "certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product".

Apple has been criticised for failing to make users aware of the practice before this week.

Ala Abdulla and Lance Raphael, both of Illinois; Sam Mangano, of Ohio; Ryan Glaze, of IN; and Kirk Pedelty, of North Carolina, all said they purchased new iPhones after earlier models grew sluggish. On Thursday, Apple confirmed that, since past year, they have added a throttling feature to iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.

"We think they could have extended the phones' life if (Apple) had been more honest", he said.

The lack of concern for battery performance our study highlights would be quite different if older iPhones just died throughout the day. One of the main reasons people buy iPhones is that they don't slow down or lag with time like some Samsung devices.


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