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Apple has recently admitted to slowing down iPhones through iOS releases to make up for poor battery performance. Now, it is facing eight lawsuits for defrauding iPhone users.
According to Reuters, the lawsuits were filed in various U.S. District Courts in California, New York and Illinois, seeking "class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide." The newspaper Haaretz also stated that a similar case was filed in an Israeli court on Monday.
Apple admitted to the tweak in detail last week, saying that iOS updates for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 in the last year had a feature "to smooth out" the power supply from old batteries or those low on charge. It said that as a precaution to avoid parts getting fried, units that didn't have the adjustment would shut down without warning.
A lawsuit filed in San Francisco last Thursday claimed that "the battery's inability to handle the demand created by processor speeds" without the update was a defect and that "rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect."
The issue with Apple's move is that while the iPhone performance problem lies in a weak battery, users may have attributed the slowness and app crashes to an outdated processor, making them think it is time to buy a new phone, instead of just having the battery replaced, which would have cost them a whole lot less.
However, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology faculty director Chris Hoofnagle stated, "We still haven’t come to consumer protection norms around aging products," citing that Apple may not have not been at fault.