Olivia Harvey
Updated Dec 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Apple lawsuits
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On December 20th, the conspiracy iPhone users have been whispering about for years was revealed to be true — Apple does slow down older iPhones. The mega tech company fully admitted to the claim. And Apple is now facing a federal lawsuit in Chicago.

According to The Chicago Sun Times,five Apple customers — two from Illinois, and the other three from Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina — sued the company on December 21st. The suit is based on Apple’s supposed “deceptive, immoral and unethical” practices, which the plaintiffs say violate consumer protection laws.

The plaintiffs, who each owned iPhone models ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 7, claim that Apple’s iOS updates, “were engineered to purposefully slow down or ‘throttle down’ the performance speeds,” of later-model phones.

Attorney James Vlahakis believes that Apple’s deceptive actions have ultimately forced people to buy newer, expensive phones. The company has remained quiet about the option to replace an older phone’s battery, which could expand the phone’s life and reduce slow-downs.

Another man in Los Angeles has also filed a lawsuit against Apple and has asked the company to pay compensation to affected consumers.

Apple released a statement to TheVerge.com on December 20th explaining why older models become sluggish. The statement read,


From a technical standpoint, the slowing down makes sense. The issue is that Apple has not made it known that replacement batteries can be purchased for $79 and can resolve the issue. This lack of transparency has caused consumers to purchase newer iPhones models earlier than they would have otherwise.

These two lawsuits raise compelling points against the tech giant, and we’re interested to see how this unfolds.