Apple is facing class-action lawsuits after admitting it deliberately slows down older iPhones to preserve battery life.
The world’s most valuable company was forced to admit the move after a Reddit user spotted that older phones were ‘downclocking’ – reducing the main processor speed.
Apple says it has introduced the software tweak to prevent phones suddenly shutting down if the battery dies, which can damage internal components.
It denies trying to force customers to upgrade to newer phones
‘Deceptive and immoral’
However a lawsuit has now been filed in California demanding compensation for affected customers and requiring that Apple stop reducing the processor speed, according to Sky News.
The Chicago Sun Times reported another case in which citizens in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are suing Apple on behalf of customers who own iPhone 5, 6 and 7 devices.
The complainants allege that Apple was “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” because the technology was designed to “purposefully slow down or ‘throttle down’ the performance speeds” of the iPhones.