Apple Crippling Old iPhones: Apology Won't Stop Lawsuits

Apple Crippling Old iPhones: Apology Won't Stop Lawsuits

Despite recently releasing an apology over how it slows down older iPhones with battery ageing, Apple is still under fire and now faces over 26 lawsuits.

Following a report yesterday indicating that a French watchdog was launching a preliminary investigation into Apple's battery and performance practices, the company now faces even more scrutiny from additional government officials in the us.

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) on Tuesday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, The Wall Street Journal reports.

He also asked how Apple is going about tracking customer complaints, and whether or not they will be looking into giving customers rebates for those who might have paid full price for a battery replacement ahead of the discounted prices.

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Thune is not the only one seeking to learn more about Apple's handling of battery-related performance issues in iPhones.

Zurich police said the incident occurred as the fix worker was removing the battery, which overheated and burned his hand slightly. Some also expressed concern that the strategy looked like planned obsolescence meant to drive users to replace aging devices with new iPhones.

In regard to battery replacements, Apple is trying to make it easier for those without AppleCare coverage to replace aging batteries by lowering the fee. Apple did not respond immediately to Newsweek's request for comment. Eventually, the company was forced to admit its practice, which many people assume wasn't aimed at conserving battery life at all - rather, they believe Apple is deliberately slowing down phones in order to spur people to upgrade to newer, more expensive models. He also notes that the brand's solution has irked customers who think a free battery replacement should have been announced rather than just a cut.

The news of Apple intentionally slowing down old iPhones came to light at the end of 2017, when Apple officially confirmed its practices after years of customer speculation.

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