Plaintiffs of Apple They are a coalition of 33 states (including California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Indiana) and the District of Columbia (where Washington, the capital, is located) that accuse Apple of having misled customers and with having hidden relevant information, as slow down old iPhones.
The firm headed by Tim Cook admitted long ago that it had slowed down the operation of models of Older iPhones like 6 and 7 through updates to the iOS operating system, with the aim, according to the company, of compensating the more limited capacity of your batteries and thus prevent devices from overloading and shutting down.
Encourage the purchase of new models
However, there were voices both from consumers and from state governments who considered that what Apple was doing by slowing down the old models was making their performance worse and thus incentivizing buying new phones and batteries, for which they sued the company.
Last March, Apple already reached another out-of-court settlement for the same reason, in that case before a class action lawsuit Presented by users to whom you agreed to pay a total of 500 million dollars.
A key element of the case is that although Apple’s practice of slowing down iPhones to prevent problems with the batteries It was not illegal, according to the lawyers, the fact that the company did not communicate this openly to those affected made them believe that it was that their phones were obsolete and led them to buy new models.
According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, had they known why their phones had slowed down, users could have replaced the battery instead of buying a new device, which would have taken a toll. Economic cost much less.