Millions of older model iPhone users could be recipients of a refund from Apple, years after an allegation of the smartphone manufacturer’s choice to slow down its customers’ devices, without their knowledge, came to light.
In January of 2017, Apple released an undocumented battery management system in the form of a software update, which caused the slowdown of older iPhone models, said to be an effort to stop the smart devices from shutting down without warning.
The secret launch of the “throttling” did not seem to sit well among users, however, which is also aggravated by the fact that such capability cannot be disabled by the user by default.
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Consumer rights campaigner Justin Gutmann led a claim against Apple following decision at the Competition Appeals Tribunal. Should the claimant win against the giant tech company, it could mean Apple having to pay a lump sum of £750 million, to be split across 25 million individuals who were subjected to the scheme.
The claim extends also to the following iPhone models: iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X variants.
Source: The Guardian
They SHOULD BE FINED! Its against the consumer act to deliberately
slow down a well functioning fone just for the sake of earning a lot
of money. GREED FOR MONEY is the main intention and messing with
a product that is not broken just for the sake of it kinda makes it
ALSO, to make this issue more clearer, I hope they could fine SAMSUNG
as well for their recent anti-consumer practice for deliberately throttling
the performance of their mid-to-hi end models of their fone’s
performance similar to what Apple did but on a “Per App usage” thus
degradig the value of those models affected while paying a premium
price for it.