iPhone users are pretty pissed over the fact Apple has been using software updates to limit the performance of older versions of its signature smartphone device… and rightfully so. Now, the tech company has received two separate class action lawsuits over the whole ordeal.
As a new report from Gizmodo points out, each of the lawsuits filed in California and Illinois claim that Apple did not have user consent to slow down the iPhones. Some longtime owners of the smartphone devices believe the deception to be part of a bigger ploy to get people to invest in newer models of iPhones.
According to the filed paperwork, Apple is violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Art and similar protection laws in Indiana and North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles filed suit simply claims, “Apple’s decision to slow the operation of older phones to save battery life was never requested or agreed upon.”
This all comes with Apple’s admission to extending the life of each phone’s battery, but at the expense of slowing down older iPhone devices. It should be noted, these software updates in question were also meant to prevent unexpected shut down with older phones.
Apple probably could have saved itself from a couple of lawsuits had the company been upfront about what these software updates were actually doing — or had the company given users the choice to run their phone slower or not.
Honesty is the best policy.