Yesterday it was reported that Apple had been hit with not just one, but two class-action lawsuits in which customers are suing Apple over the purposeful slowing down of older iPhones. However it seems that this problem isn’t stopping there as a third lawsuit has since been filed, this time alleging that instead of fixing the problem, Apple chose to slow down iPhones instead.
According to the latest lawsuit, the plaintiff in question Keaton Harvey accused Apple of making “deliberately misleading” statements, where instead of replacing batteries for all affected iPhone units, they instead chose to release an update to iOS which basically slowed down all older iPhones.
For those learning about this for the first time, basically a while back some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users were discovering that their phones encountered random shutdowns. The company acknowledged the issue and launched a battery replacement program for a small number of affected units.
However the latest lawsuit alleges that Apple knew that this affected other iPhone units as well, not just the 6s and 6s Plus, but instead chose to slow these phones down instead of offering to replace their batteries as well. Apple has recently confirmed that they did release an update for iOS 10 that did slow the phones down, although the company’s reasoning was that it was to deliver the “best experience” for their customers.