It was recently revealed that Apple has been slowing down older models of their iPhones. With over 82 million iPhone users just in the United States, this has become a scandal almost instantaneously. On Thursday, December 21, Apple admitted to using software updates that negatively affect how older phones run. Evidently, software updates for phones after the iPhone 5 were supposedly introduced to prevent older phones from shutting off without warning. Apple failed to mention that these updates can lead to much slower speeds. Doron Myersdorf, the CEO of StoreDot, states that this so-called “smoothing out” needs follow up commands to prevent issues in the technology. “The inevitable outcome of it will be an inherent slowdown of the average response times by the system”, Myersdorf told CNN.
Apple users are furious. “This is quite simple. I don’t want Apple to slow down my phone, for ANY reason. I want Apple to tell me my battery is dying and that I need to replace it, or buy a battery pack.”, posted twitter user @colinddarby. @c0z agrees, remarking “If Apple is going to slow down an old phone so the battery can handle it, you should receive several alerts about it. They're coercing people to buy something new, even if they want to pretend that isn't their intention.” Several Apple users have said that they are going to switch phones, and many want to go to Samsung, Apple’s rival company.
On the 28th of December, Apple posted a formal apology on the matter to their website. The company stated that they are offering a discount of $50 on battery replacements for iPhones 6 and later, and that “we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.” They also say that they’re working on how their team manages battery problems.
The company’s explanation isn’t enough for many, as Apple is now facing several lawsuits, one of which is $999 billion. At least 12 lawsuits have been filed against Apple from multiple sources. Violetta Maiylan from Patently Apple filled a Class Action Allegation Complaint with the United States District Court in the Central District of California. Maiylan claims fraud through concealment, and unfair competition. Maiylan demands nearly a trillion dollars from Apple, and demands that they be judged by jury trial. She has filed this claim “on behalf of herself and all others situated”, according to patentlyapple.com. The public is not going to forget about what Apple revealed regarding their phones any time soon.