Apple is facing several lawsuits after the tech giant admitted last week that it was deliberately slowing down the performance of older iphones.
The company had said in a statement that 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.
Displeased with the excuse, many iphone users insisted that 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 some days back 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 hardearned dollarsd 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 lawsuit obtained by CBS news.
Apple “ breached the implied contacts it made with plaintiffs and class members by purposely slowing down older older phone 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.
Ladesope Ladelokun with Agency Report