Apple deceived iPhone users by slowing down gadgets without notice, to adjust for poor battery performance, as per eight claims recorded in different government courts since the organization opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have driven iPhone proprietors to misinformed endeavors in determining issues from last year, the claims say. Every one of the claims—recorded mostly in U.S. Area Courts in California, New York, and Illinois—look for class actions to speak to a huge number of iPhone users across the nation.
One of the lawsuits, filed Thursday in San Francisco, said the batteries’ inability to handle the demand created by processor speeds without the software patch was a defect. “Rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect,” said the complaint.
The offended party is represented by lawyer Jeffrey Fazio, who spoke to the plaintiff in a $53-million settlement with Apple in 2013 over its treatment of iPhone warranty claims. Smartphones without the alteration would close down suddenly in light of a safety measure intended to keep parts from getting hot, Apple said. The revelation came after a Dec. 18 examination by Primate Labs, which builds an iPhone performance measuring application, which recognized blips in processing speed and presumed that a software change must be behind them.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices,” the Apple statement said. “Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.”
The issue is that clients throughout the last year could have blamed an aging PC processor for application crashes and sluggish performance, and ended up purchasing another phone when the genuine reason may have been a weak battery that could have been traded for a small amount of the cost. The claims look for unspecified damages, including reimbursement. Other grievances look for court orders banning Apple from throttling iPhone PC speeds or requiring warning in future examples.