Though the company has made it clear that their decision to slow down CPU performance was strictly meant to prolong the life of older iPhones and wasn’t an attempt to perform “planned obsolescence”, many device owners are still understandably outraged by the way Apple has handled the situation. Customers were unaware that the feature existed.
Apple promised that its recent iOS 10 and iOS 11 software updates to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models would improve those devices’ performance and it strongly encouraged its customers to accept those updates. The company has also planned a software update for early next year that will allow you to see “the health” of your battery and monitor performance. This is common knowledge for most people: batteries lose capacity after you use them for a while (Apple claims iPhone batteries lose about 20% of their capacity after 500 charge cycles).
In a statement to The Verge, an HTC spokesperson simply stated that this “is not something we do”, with a Motorola representative also stating that that company does “not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries”. What sucks is for those iPhone users who ended up upgrading to a new model, or paying for a battery replacement themselves before this program was announced. But some have viewed it as a strategy to frustrate customers and get them to buy a new Apple device. I would expect we’ll be seeing more cases filed before this issue moves towards resolution.
iPhone owners could cash in on a portion of over $1 billion in what lawyers are touting as Australia’s largest-ever class action, after tech giant Apple admitted to slowing down some phones.
Apple eventually came out to confirm that the practice was created to counter how lithium-ion batteries age over time and no longer provide the necessary power.
He now hopes to build up his own tech fix business and develop some apps of his own, saying “I’m still very much a fan of Apple”.
Yet there’s another body within South Korea that doesn’t want Apple do to well in their country because Samsung is one of the their largest employers and exporters.
How’s all of this going for Apple?
One of the first came on December 22 when iPhone owners from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina filed a class-action lawsuit that claimed Apple was trying “to fraudulently induce consumers to purchase the latest” iPhone.
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