The Class-action lawsuit has begun. Apple’s power management software caused the iPhone to slow down in certain circumstances. Older or cold batteries would be slowed down, and it would shut down the phone before it could receive an update. The software is currently being changed to correct this problem, but many people still complain of the issue. Claimants are seeking damages from Apple.
A California-based class-action lawsuit claims that Apple systematically throttled iPhone performance because of a defect in its battery. The complaint says Apple never notified users when the power-management feature took effect, and this led many to buy new phones instead. However, in a Dec. 20 statement, Apple acknowledged that the throttling was an intentional action. The company is considering other legal remedies, including paying consumers to replace their phones.
The settlement is a result of a lawsuit brought by attorneys general in 33 states. The attorneys general claimed that Apple hid the problem by throttling performance in aging iPhones in order to protect battery life. In a class-action lawsuit, the attorneys general claimed that Apple had violated consumer protection laws by ignoring the problem. The attorneys general said that Apple knew about the problem but didn’t warn consumers. As a result, many consumers have opted to replace their aging iPhones and receive compensation.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a $113 million settlement with Apple over claims the company misrepresented battery life in older iPhone models. The throttling prevents devices from automatically shutting down when batteries reach an age where they cannot sustain processing power. The settlement also includes injunctive terms, which provide transparency to consumers and deter future misrepresentations. This is the second Apple settlement over battery throttling.
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In the settlement, Apple has denied wrongdoing, but has agreed to maintain prominent webpages explaining the problem, including details on lithium-ion batteries and performance management. The legal issues stemmed from the 2016 software update for the iPhone that slowed the peak performance of some models and caused sudden shutdowns due to aging batteries. Eventually, all iPhones would experience battery throttling.
Class-action lawsuit against Apple
A new class-action lawsuit against Apple alleges that the company’s iPhones throttled battery performance. It’s possible that Apple was trying to save money by limiting battery life, but the company’s actions are making consumers unhappy. The Illinois lawsuit claims that Apple failed to notify customers about this problem, and the company’s failure to communicate with consumers about the issue resulted in a consumer-fraud class-action lawsuit.
In a Dec. 20, 2017 statement, Apple admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhones. This was an intentional change to reduce battery life. It was designed to keep the phones’ batteries running longer with lower-quality batteries, but the changes also degraded performance and increased power consumption. The company never asked customers for authorization to slow down their devices. Apple never informed consumers about the changes. In response to the lawsuit, Apple has issued an apology and reduced the price of replacement batteries to just under $30.
Class-action lawsuit against Apple’s power management software
A new class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple claiming that its power management software caused batteries in iPhones and iPads to degrade rapidly. The lawsuit does not provide any specific explanatory allegations, however. As such, the lawsuit fails to meet the standard of fraud under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b). It also lacks any factual allegations that would trigger Apple’s duty to disclose.
In response to the lawsuit, the company agreed to provide “truthful” information about iPhone battery management practices, as well as to fix a bug that affected millions of users. The company also agreed to resolve other allegations against it. However, the company remains locked in a legal battle with developers of the popular video game Fortnite, which is accused of causing battery-related problems. Ultimately, the settlement is a win-win situation for Apple, but not all the plaintiffs are happy with the outcome.