Apple hit with second class action lawsuit for throttling iPhones performance

Posted December 24, 2017

In the California court papers, Stefan Boganovich and Dakota Speas, who both live in LA, cite loss of use, loss of value and the purchase of new batteries as reasons for compensation, claiming that iPhone owners never consented to the "interference".

Following yesterday's revelation that it slows down older iPhones to help manage batter wear, Apple today has been hit with its first class action lawsuit over the tactic. And now, suddenly the iPhone was coming a cropper within a year or so if we account last year's iPhone 7.

The feature was confirmed after an iPhone 6s user posted images of a performance test to web forum Reddit, which showed an increase in their phone's benchmark performance score after the battery had been replaced.

While the lawsuit does not directly coincide with Apple's statement regarding their throttling practices, Apple is far from innocent in the way it has handled the matter.

Apple on Wednesday acknowledged rather claimed that the company does take some measures to reduce power demands-which can have the effect of slowing the processor-when a phone's battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands. This is essentially what we saw happening with the widespread shutdown issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple told CNBC.

Speaking with The Verge, battery experts Marca Doeff of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Venkat Srinivasan of Argonne National Laboratory explain how the process works and why Apple chose this course of action. The price is $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax. A story on Motherboard claims that third party fix shops are already seeing an uptick in customers asking for battery replacements, which would be one way to side-step Apple's performance throttling measures. The company past year launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Experts believe that there were certain other alternative methods that could have been applied by Apple to resolve the issue.

They filed the lawsuit after Apple acknowledged Wednesday 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. I personally feel that Apple owes its users a more transparent explanation and should also warn users of degrading batteries and throttled CPUs henceforth.