After news broke last week that Apple purposefully slow down old iPhone models, the company has been hit by several lawsuits.
Apple confirmed that it slows down previous models in order to extend their lifespan by saving battery life.
As batteries age they become less effective but many users were unhappy with the claims believing that the company actually wants to force people to upgrade their phones.
Now the firm is facing eight different lawsuits with one seeking an astonishing $999 billion!
All the lawsuits have been filed in different federal courts over the past week with customers complaining about the company’s lack of transparency and deliberate hindering of their phones’ performance.
People are also alleging that Apple attempted to conceal the battery issue rather than offer up a solution to the issue such as an easy replacement.
All the lawsuits seek what is known as ‘class-action’ meaning all iPhone users affected by this issue are represented by the party filing the complaint.
According to The Daily Mail, a lawsuit that was filed on Thursday in San Francisco is being represented by the attorney Jeffrey Fazio who orchestrated a $53 million settlement with Apple back in 2013 over the way it handled iPhone warranty claims.
This lawsuit in particular focuses on the fact that the company failed to provide a free battery replacement for affected phones masking the issue instead by slowing down the devices.
Other lawsuits claim users blamed an ageing computer processor for the poor performance on their old phones choosing to upgrade to a newer model.
Of course the true cause may have been a weak battery which would have been much cheaper to replace than the whole phone.
It is alleged Apple knew all this hence they chose to not reveal the true problem to their customers opting for more money instead of transparency.
In their statement last week, Apple admitted:
Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting during these conditions.
We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plan to add support for other products in the future.
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.
But really, is it the best solution for customers, Apple, or for you?
Although it is currently unclear how successful these lawsuits will be, as long as legal ongoings continue Apple will be using their best lawyers to attempt to provide a strong defence.
People have won claims before against the company and with decent attorneys on the cases, these lawsuits may have a chance.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.