The lawsuit has supposedly been filed by Stefan Bogdanovich, a Los Angeles man who is claiming that Apple's tactic of slowing down older iPhone models is making the lives of users who aren't willing to shell out the kind of cash needed for the newest devices hard. The lithium-ion batteries are less able to respond to peaks in demand in case of cold weather, low battery charge, or aging with time, which may lead to an unexpected closure of the unit to protect electronic components.
They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature a year ago to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.
They filed the lawsuit a day after Apple acknowledged for the first time that it installed a feature past year for iPhone 6, 6S and SE models that have a degraded and aged battery to prevent unexpected shutdowns.
For some people, the solution to a slower, older iPhone may be updating its battery instead of purchasing a brand new device. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", the company said in a statement.
However, this week a simple advice post online titled "PSA: iPhone slow?"
But the use of a relatively new phone model from a prominent supplier like Apple provides additional evidence of heightened competition among the wireless carriers, which have been frequently updating their offers in recent weeks. The tech company says that this feature is now active in the iPhone 7 as well.
Details about Apple's throttling strategy began emerging last week after a user on Reddit described problems with a slow iPhone 6s.
Low Power Mode: In later updates, Apple has included the Low Power Mode feature that notifies the user when the smartphone hits 20%.
Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones. Apple has long denied this assertion.
If you've got an older phone and want the best performance, consider getting a battery replacement done - $119 at Apple Stores, and you'll find other "mobile doctors" offering the service cheaper I'm sure.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", a spokesperson for Apple said.
Needle said he would be surprised if Apple isn't the defendant in a class-action lawsuit soon.
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