Apple has agreed to pay up to $ 500 million to resolve the lawsuit that had lasted for several years in the United States, following a class action on the slowdown of the iPhone.
As reported by Reuters, the class action accused Apple of actions aimed at secretly limiting the speed of the old iPhone models, for the sole purpose of force owners to buy a new model. Every iPhone user interested in the class action will receive $ 25. The amount may increase or decrease slightly based on legal fees and the total value of approved complaints, for a total amount that will be between 310 and 500 million dollars.
The class action includes all current or old US owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE with iOS 10.2.1 or later or iOS 11.2 or later (for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) , which ran these versions of iOS before December 21, 2017.
Apple has not admitted any wrongdoing despite accepting the agreement.
The complaint read that Apple “has acted in a deceptive and immoral way with the iOS 10.2.1 update, designed to slow down the speed of iPhones“. According to the plaintiffs, with this decision, Apple violated consumer protection laws regarding misleading business practices. All this would have been done to force users to buy a new iPhone, but in the complaint there was no mention of the link between this choice and better battery management.
Apple has always explained that thegoal was to provide the best customer experience, which included the high performance and extended life cycle of their devices. As lithium-ion batteries become less and less able over time to provide the device with the required current peaks and this can cause the device to turn off abnormally, to prevent damage to iOS components it optimized the current peaks. In practical terms, performance is managed based on battery status.
Apple has apologized for the lack of communication on this “feature”, giving users all over the world the opportunity to replace the battery at a cost of € 29 until the end of 2018. In addition, now with the latest versions of iOS users have the ability to monitor the battery status and manage performance with a special option.
Apple has always denied any allegations of planned obsolescence.