Suit: Apple slowed iPhones, forcing owners to buy new ones

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"Apple purposefully declined to make these disclosures because it knew that consumers would, more likely than not, purchase a new device", the lawsuit alleges.

The allegations were in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago federal court on behalf of five iPhone owners from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, all of whom say they never would have bought new iPhones had Apple told them that simply replacing the batteries would have sped up their old ones. He found that after replacing the battery, the performance of the device greatly increased.

A couple of weeks ago, a Reddit user tested iPhone 6 Plus in a number of benchmarks before and after the battery replacement.

According to Atlas Consumer Law, Apple's failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone's performance is being deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information.

"While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slowdown is due to CPU performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple-introduced CPU slowdown". The company stressed that this function is needed to extend the life of the devices.

"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components".

Apple rolled out the controversial update with iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6 and SE models and iOS 11.2 for the iPhone 7 models.

Apple responded by saying that a year ago it 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 first collective lawsuit was filed in California - plaintiffs claimed that the company should stop slowing down old models and pay compensation to affected users.

The Chicago lawsuit suggests Apple's motive may have been sinister, though it offers no evidence in the filing.

"He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages".

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