Earlier today it was reported that Apple had been hit with a class-action lawsuit over the slowing down of iPhones. While we did expect that there would be some kind of repercussion as a result of that controversial decision, we did not expect that a second class-action lawsuit would be following so quickly.
In a report from the Chicago Sun Times, it looks like a second class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple by two residents of Illinois who teamed up with other individuals from Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The lawsuit covers devices ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 7, and alleges that Apple had acted in “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” ways.
It also adds that Apple had purposely slowed down iPhones in a bit to “needlessly subjects consumers to purchasing newer and more expensive iPhones when a replacement battery could have allowed consumers to continue to use their older iPhones.” For those hearing about this for the first time, Apple had basically admitted that they do slow down older iPhones that have depleted/older batteries.
Apple’s reasoning is that this is supposed to provide a better experience for users who were facing random shutdowns of their iPhones due to the battery, and that the iOS update they introduced was meant to address the problem. The only downside is that it ended up making older iPhones slower.
Some have suggested that Apple could have approached this issue in a better and more transparent way, such as through notifications to users informing them that a new battery might be in order.