Apple was recently sued for $999 billion due to slowing down older IPhones. Apple admitted a few days ago that they had been slowing down IPhones with older batteries on purpose, to prevent unexpected shutdowns. iPhone owners were quick to react, filing more than eight lawsuits against the company since then.
One of those class actions asks for almost $1 trillion in damages from Apple. That does sound ridiculous , but Apple brought this on itself. The theory was that older iPhones are intentionally slowed down, so buyers purchase new models instead. One company filled a $999 billion lawsuit against Apple. Violetta Mailyan, who is involved in the lawsuit, says that “each member of the Class had to buy a newer iPhone model because the performance of their older iPhone model had slowed down as a result of Defendant’s purposeful conduct.” The suit also states that Apple could have admitted to slowing down iPhones, and owners would have been able to get new batteries rather than replace their devices. However, Apple only gave confirmation of what was happening after a Reddit user discovered that replacing the battery would bring the phone back to normal speed.
There are lawsuits against Apple in multiple states including California, New York and Illinois. There is even a lawsuit in Israel. On Saturday December 30, Apple announced an early launch of replaceable iphone batteries, starting in late January. The batteries originally cost $79 but Apple lowered the price to $29. Apple still denies the allegations of slowing down older iphones to push people into buying new models. Apple stated “First and foremost, we have never done anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”