Tech giant Apple is being sued for slowing down its older iPhone models in order to keep them running longer.
In a class action lawsuit filed in California, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas are claiming that Apple had not received consent to affect the performance of their iPhones.
It was this week that Apple admitted to having algorithms in place to help keep an iPhone running at optimal performance if there is an older battery inside that can’t keep up with the required power. This is intended for keeping older iPhones from having unexpected shutdowns and for allowing them to keep running at the best standard.
The company said to CNBC, “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”
According to the lawsuit, Apple had never requested consent from them to “slow down their iPhones.”
The two plaintiffs argue that they have “suffered interferences to their iPhone usage due to the intentional slowdowns.”
The two are also trying to get the case certified so that it covers all users in the U.S. who own an iPhone older than the iPhone 8 version.
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