Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

In a statement today Apple sought to address the concerns, saying that in order for older iPhone models to work smoothly, it introduced a power management feature a year ago that would "smooth out" peak power draw affecting older lithium-ion batteries which would cause unexpected shut downs.

Apple on Thursday confirmed what some conspiracy theorists suspected, that it intentionally slows performance of older iPhones as batteries weaken from age. The consumers are represented by James Vlahakis with Sulaiman Law Group in Lombard, Ill.

That round-about explanation from Apple was prompted by two weeks of intense speculation it was deliberately slowing older iPhones, after a Reddit user found his iPhone 6S was having its processor speed deliberately muted by its latest iOS update. "Past 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".

Apple is trying to prevent such random shutdowns.

"This also means your phone might be very slow for no discernible reason".

Meanwhile, smartphone operating software is perpetually improved with updates that typically increase appetites for electricity.

According to Apple the objective here is to ensure that the iPhone does not shut down unexpectedly when the battery gets depleted completely.

The admission played into concerns that Apple was stealthily nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing and not just a matter of getting new batteries.

The iPhone owners claim that thousands of consumers who became frustrated with the speed of their phones made a decision to buy a new phone because "Apple knowingly and purposefully decided that it would not inform consumers that the performance speeds of iPhone 5s, 6s and 7s would improve if consumers replaced their device's battery".

Apple design of handsets makes it borderline impossible for people to change batteries themselves.

The proposed class seeks punitive damages for claims of fraud and deceptive trade practices.

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