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.
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