In the UK, Apple has been sued for hundreds of millions of pounds for allegedly secretly degrading the performance of older iPhones.
London (UK) – Get millions Apple-User a hefty compensation payment? Once again, the technology giant has to deal with serious allegations: In Great Britain the company has now been sued for hundreds of millions of pounds for allegedly secretly degrading the performance of older iPhones.
The Briton Justin Gutmann is now demanding in court that Apple pay damages of 786 million pounds (equivalent to around 894 million euros) to around 25 million iPhone users in Great Britain. The Scottish newspaper reported The Scotsman.
Specifically, the lawsuit relates to an energy management tool from 2017.
If the allegations are confirmed in the course of the process, this could have extreme consequences for both the US company and hundreds of millions of iPhone users. Because then the hardware and software developer would possibly have to pay damages to all buyers of older iPhones.
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The lawsuit concerns the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Gutmann has accused Apple of “throttling” these models.
In a software update in January 2017, the company is said to have hidden a power management tool that didn’t improve the performance of the cell phones, but worsened them!
Apple is said to have tried to use the program to cover up the fact that older iPhone batteries are unable to cope with the requirements of newer operating systems.
Instead of replacing batteries or recalling devices, the company tricked users into downloading software that “stealthly” made devices slower, Gutmann said.
But as in the past, when such allegations arose, Apple denied them: “We have not and would never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of an Apple product,” it said in a statement.
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And further: “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. Ensuring that iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”