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MAKING APPLESAUCE: Chairman of US Senate Commerce Committee Demands INVESTIGATION INTO APPLE SLOWING OLDER IPHONES; Calls for Waiver of $29 Battery Replacement Fee

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Apple Now Facing AT LEAST 8 Class-Action Lawsuits After Admitting They Intentionally Slow Down Older iPhones; APPLE IS NOT THE ONLY COMPANY DOING THIS, JUST THE “FIRST” TO GET CAUGHT

US Senator Demands Apple Answer for iPhone Battery Controversy

In a letter, Thune has asked Apple if the tech giant made any effort to notify its customers that its recent software updates would make several types of iPhones released before 2017 slow down when their batteries weakened.

Thune also asked Apple whether it considered replacing the batteries for free, instead of the current discounted charge of $29 that it began offering in late December after acknowledging how its updates affected older iPhones. Thune demanded a response by Jan. 23.


Last month, the company apologized after it caused an uproar when it admitted it had slowed down batteries on older iPhones for technical reasons. The tech giant also said it would cut the cost of replacing iPhone batteries, to $29, down from $79.

“We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process,” Apple said in a statement posted to its website. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.”

The slowdown started with iOS 10.2.1 in 2016, Apple said, to improve power management “to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.”

With the recent iOS 11.2 update, both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus got the same power management support as well.

The apology came after the Tim Cook-led company admitted it slowed down older iPhones to help save battery life due to the limitations of lithium-ion batteries.

In the statement, Apple, which has previously mentioned how lithium-ion batteries degrade over time, provided more detail on how the batteries work.


“All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes,” the company said, while adding that both time and the number of times the battery has been charged affect the chemical aging process.

The company is the subject of several class-action lawsuits over the matter, including one filed in Los Angeles by Stefan Bogdanovich, an iPhone 8 user. Bogdanovich said that Apple’s slowing down of older iPhone models is not part of an agreement and he believes it is a ploy by Apple to get people to upgrade to new phones.

Apple is also facing scrutiny from two of its institutional investors, both of whom have asked the company to do more to ease the addictive nature of its iPhones among children. The company has responded to these claims, saying it already has plans in place and will issue updates in the future to give parents further control.

Senate commerce leader confronts Apple about iPhone slowdown

SAN FRANCISCO — The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s commerce committee wants Apple to lift the veil on its once-secret slowdown of older iPhones.

Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, issued his request for more information in a letter sent Tuesday to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Among other things, Thune wants to know if Apple made any effort to notify its customers that its recent software updates would make several types of iPhones released before 2017 slow down when their batteries weakened.

Thune also asked Apple whether it considered replacing the batteries for free, instead of the current discounted charge of $29 that it began offering in late December after acknowledging how its updates affected older iPhones. He also inquired whether Apple plans to throttle aging iPhones in the future and whether it plans to let consumers know what it’s doing.

Thune demanded a response by Jan. 23. Apple declined to comment.

The inquiry represents the latest backlash against Apple’s decision to slow down older iPhones, a move that the company says is designed to prevent the devices from abruptly shutting down when older batteries are running low or operating in cold weather.

Although technology analysts have mostly defended Apple’s strategy as a way to make older iPhones last longer, some regulators and many consumers believe the company has been manipulating the way aging devices work to spur sales of its latest — and more expensive — models.

French authorities are investigating whether Apple is engaging in a pattern of “planned obsolescence” in violation of France law and a variety of consumer lawsuits have been filed in the U.S.

Apple has responded with an apology and reduced the price to replace batteries on older iPhones by $50.

Apple Now Facing AT LEAST 8 Class-Action Lawsuits After Admitting They Intentionally Slow Down Older iPhones; APPLE IS NOT THE ONLY COMPANY DOING THIS, JUST THE “FIRST” TO GET CAUGHT

Apple Now Facing 8 Class Action Law Suits Slow Down iPhone Snail

Source FOX NEWS reporting on the New York Post story

The lawsuits over slow iPhones keep piling up.

Apple now faces at least eight U.S. class-action suits charging that it defrauded iPhone users by slowing the devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance — just a week after the tech giant opened up about the year-old software change.

The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend.

All the lawsuits — filed in U.S. District Courts in California, New York and Illinois — seek class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide.

A similar case was lodged in an Israeli court on Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported.

Apple did not respond to an email seeking comment on the filings.

The company acknowledged last week for the first time in detail that operating system updates released since “last year” for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a feature “to smooth out” power supply from batteries that are cold, old or low on charge.

Apple faces mounting lawsuits for deliberately slowing down iPhones

 Apple faces mounting lawsuits for deliberately slowing down iPhones

It’s going to be a long winter for Apple’s legal team.

The Silicon Valley titan is now facing at least eight US class-action suits after it admitted it intentionally slows down older iPhone models to prevent excessive wear and tear on their batteries.

The company acknowledged last week for the first time in detail that operating system updates released since “last year” for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a feature “to smooth out” power supply from batteries that are cold, old or low on charge.

Nevertheless, some Apple fanatics saw it as vindication of a long-running conspiracy theory that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company slows down older phones to coerce iPhone owners to buy new phones.

Now, Apple is staring down the barrel of lawsuits filed in US District Courts in California, New York and Illinois — including one for $999 billion.

The problem, as some of the lawsuits state, is that users over the last year could have blamed an aging computer processor for app crashes and sluggish performance — and chose to buy a new phone — when the true cause may have been a weak battery that could have been replaced for a fraction of the cost.

“Rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect,” the nearly $1 trillion lawsuit alleges.

Whether Apple will find itself having to pony up, however, is a different story.

“It seems clear to me that somebody at Apple made a bad business decision by not being more transparent about the update and what was going on with the battery,” Rory Van Loo, a Boston University professor specialising in consumer technology law, told The Post. “It’s not yet clear, however, that they made a bad legal decision.”

Van Loo said that he thinks the most likely explanation for Apple’s lack of transparency is that Apple simply did not want its competitors to know what it was doing so that they would not copy it.

“One of Apple’s most valuable assets is its brand,” Van Loo said. “I have a hard time believing that somebody at Apple was so short-sighted as to say ‘okay, let’s slow down people’s old phones to get them to buy new ones.’”

Joshua J. Horowitz, a New York-based lawyer specializing in tech law, gave The Post a similarly skeptical opinion on the suits’ chances.

“Unless there are some emails going back and forth where this whole thing is being discussed as some sort of nefarious plot, I think it’s going to be very difficult to prove on the plaintiff’s side,” he said.

Apple Hit With Lawsuits After Admitting It Intentionally Slowed Down iPhones

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One lawsuit claims the tech giant engaged in “deceptive, immoral and unethical” practices.


Apple is facing several lawsuits after the tech giant admitted this week that it was deliberately slowing down the performance of its older iPhones.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said slowing down the phones via a recent software update was necessary because the aging batteries in older phones were causing devices to unexpectedly shut down.

Understandably, iPhone users were pissed.

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Apple’s statement on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE power management (the slowdown):

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.

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Apple said they slow down old iPhones to improve performance

Many iPhone users didn’t buy Apple’s excuse.

Some insisted the company was purposely slowing down older phone models as a way of forcing consumers to purchase the newer iPhone models.

Two different class-action lawsuits were filed in California and Illinois on Thursday alleging just that. In a federal suit filed in Chicago, five customers claim Apple is engaging in “deceptive, immoral and unethical” practices in violation of consumer protection laws, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

“Corporations have to realize that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected,” James Vlahakis, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Chicago suit, told the Sun Times.

“Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”

In the California lawsuit, two law school students at the University of Southern California argue Apple installed the performance-stifling update without the device owner’s permission, the Mercury News reported.

The students, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, also claim Apple “intentionally interfered” with consumers’ iPhones, forcing users to “have to replace iPhones, buy new batteries,” or lose “usage of their phone,” according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by CBS News.

Apple “breached the implied contracts it made with Plaintiffs and Class Members by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time of that the parties entered into an agreement,” the suit reads.

Apple has not publicly responded to the lawsuits.

For years, we’ve reassured people that no, Apple doesn’t secretly slow down their older iPhones to make them buy new ones.

If this must be done, it should be a setting. If it’s on by default, the user should be alerted the first time it happens. 

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Apple does display a little notice deep in settings to let iPhone users know their batteries are bad

While some people have pointed out the company does offer its users a hard-to-find notice that alerts them when their iPhone’s battery needs servicing, many claim the company could have been more transparent about its strategies.

The New York Times’ Niraj Chokshi writes:

[Apple] could have avoided controversy by being more transparent to begin with. It could have notified people that a power management mode was kicking in to keep their iPhones running for longer because their batteries are running out of juice. That would also inform people that they should be getting their batteries replaced. Because Apple was not transparent, it’s natural for people to suspect it of deliberately crippling their devices to get them to buy new ones.

Apple Admits They Deliberately Slow Down Older iPhones As Software Updates Roll Out

Apple has admitted to deliberately slowing down older iPhones when they roll out software updates—and they claim it is a “feature.”

Source THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT reposted on Stillness in the Storm

By Matt Agorist   December 21, 2017

Years ago, an article in the Daily Mail referenced a Harvard study which showed that just ahead of Apple launching a new iPhone, searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spiked on Google.

Disinformation sites have been reporting this for years as proof a Harvard study found that Apple deliberately slows down phones upon the release of new ones. While those articles have all been fake news designed to get clicks, we now have real proof that Apple throttles processor speeds upon new updates. In fact, Apple admitted to it.

The recent discussion about throttled processor speed began after a Reddit post went viral last week. The op wrote that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. Indeed, they are.

According to Apple, this deliberate throttling of processor speeds on older phones is an effort to keep them running smoothly. Apple claims they are slowing down your older iPhone so they can keep your iPhone from unexpectedly shutting down.

So it’s true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP ‘CPU DasherX’ shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz.

Apple Slow DownThe throttling, according to Apple, began last year—despite years of reports from users. Instead of fixing a hardware issue after users began to report widespread malfunctions with the iPhone 6s battery, Apple started to algorithmically alter how the phone uses power. The phone feels slower because it actually is slower. Apple says this improves safety.

When reached for comment, Apple basically confirmed the findings but disputes the assumed intention:

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their 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.

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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.

Instead of telling customers who bought the phones—which cost upwards of $850—that they were going to throttle the phone’s performance, Apple simply rolled out the update and told no one. And now, they have the audacity to call this deliberate throttling a “feature.”

It’s not just iPhone 6 users either. As the Verge reports, Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped out performance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time, and has come to the conclusion that Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling for different devices. iOS 10.2.1 is particularly relevant, as this update was designed to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple’s fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down. Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for low iPhone 7 low-capacity batteries.

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Now, this tech giant has begun damage control and is telling everyone that they had to do this to keep the devices working smoothly. But this raises the question: would Apple customers willingly buy a device that they know will be throttled in upcoming updates and not perform like they expect?

Instead of dropping the performance of the devices which many of the users are probably still paying for through their cell carriers, Apple should replace the batteries—at no charge.

As CNBC notes, sure it’s an expensive undertaking for Apple, but a user should be guaranteed a certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product, until Apple stops supporting it with new software.

However, it appears Apple has no intention of doing so, most likely because the throttling of older iPhones undoubtedly boosts sales of newer ones.

Apple is not alone in this facade of product integrity. In fact, selling products that are designed to fail is now an unfortunate reality among most consumer items. It even has a name—planned obsolescence.

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete after a certain period of time. The rationale behind the strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases (referred to as “shortening the replacement cycle”).

Sound familiar? This appears to be exactly what Apple is doing and it is no coincidence that they are the largest tech company in the world.

The good news is that consumers hold the power. Without your dollars, these companies have nothing. How Apple proceeds is up to you. If you keep paying for a device that you know will begin to degrade six to eight months after you buy it, this is your fault. However, consumers have the power to stop purchasing these iPhones until Apple makes it right.

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Will you vote with your dollars and refuse to give the 8th largest company in the world your money until they fix this problem, or, will you roll over and take it, letting them walk all over you? The choice is yours.

Apple apologizes, lowers iPhone battery replacement price

Source UPI   Allen Cone and Daniel Uria  |  December 28, 2017
A customer shows his iPhone 5 smartphone purchased at the Apple Store in Paris on September 21, 2012. A French activist group on Wednesday filed a criminal lawsuit against Apple after confirming its been slow down older iPhones because of issues with its battery. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

 Dec. 28 (UPI) — Apple announced Thursday it will lower the price to replace iPhone batteries after facing legal action for slowing older phones down.

The company announced it will lower the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6or later battery replacements from $79 to $29 throughout 2018 and will update its iOS operating system with features allowing users to monitor the condition of their iPhone’s battery.

“We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process,” Apple said. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize.”

Apple went on to say there has been “a lot of misunderstanding” about the issue, adding the company has never intentionally shortened battery life to drive customer upgrades.

“Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that,” the company said.

Apple is facing a criminal lawsuit in France after confirming it has been deliberately slowing down older iPhones to offset problems with its lithium battery.

A French activist group, Stop Planned Obsolescence, which is Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée in French, filed a criminal lawsuit Wednesday in the Paris prosecutor’s office against the tech giant. The maximum penalty is a prison sentence of two years and a fine up to $358,000 and 5 percent of the company’s annual revenue.

If prosecutors decide the complaint is legitimate, the case will be heard in criminal court.

“It is our mission to defend customers and the environment against this waste organized by Apple,” co-founder Laetitia Vasseur of the group said in a statement.

According to a French law enacted in 2015, companies are not allowed to “deliberately reduce the lifespan of a product to increase the rate of replacement.”

“It has been several years that slowdowns are noted by Apple customers just at the time of the release of a new model,” Emile Meunier, the lawyer of the association, said. “Why this silence all these years? Why this slowdown at the time of the release of the new model? Why this phenomenon is not encountered at other manufacturers, like Samsung? These are the questions that the criminal investigation will answer.”

HOP earlier sued Japanese printer maker Epson for allegedly deliberately limiting the lifespan of its machines and the case is being heard in court.

Several civil suits have been filed in the United States,

In New York, five iPhone users filed a lawsuit in New York on Tuesday and are seeking class-action status, according to The Verge. Earlier, lawsuits were filed by four owners in Chicago and two in Los Angeles, USA Today reported.

In the Chicago suit, plaintiffs asked for $5 million in damages on behalf of four customers, “because tens of thousands of similarly situated putative class members.”

These iPhone owners said if they had known their batteries were to blame for the slowdown, they would have replaced the battery instead of buying a new phone.

Last week, Apple confirmed the slowdown after a report from Primate Labs. John Poole, founder of the organization, posted on a blog that processors in iPhones slow down and decrease in performance as batteries age and lose capacity.

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