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Apple Facing Slew of iPhone Slowdown Class Action Lawsuits

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Los Angeles, CA: Apple is facing at least nine consumer fraud class action lawsuits following the tech giant’s admission in mid-December, 2017, that it deliberately slowed down certain iPhones, including the iPhone 6. The slowdown was managed through Apple's software updates. Apple claims the software was intended as a fix to deal with degraded lithium-ion batteries that could otherwise suddenly die.

The allegations include Apple’s failure to disclose in a timely fashion, the fact that its software updates deliberately slowed down older-model phones so batteries would last longer. Apple said it released the fix for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE and later extended it to iPhone 7, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Filed in US district courts in California, New York and Illinois, the lawsuits all allege that Apple’s failure to notify customers of the battery issues, and subsequent software slowdowns, led iPhone owners to wrongly conclude they needed to buy newer, more expensive iPhones instead of simply replacing the battery.

Allegations include consumer fraud, unfair business practices and breach of implied contract, specifically, asserting that when people buy iPhones, they do so with the assumption that Apple won't “purposefully interfere with” the phones’ “usage or value.” The lawsuit states Apple did not get iPhone owners’ consent before interfering, through software updates, with the phones’ speed. Another lawsuit claims fraud, false advertising and unjust enrichment.

North Carolina resident Kirk Pedelty, a plaintiff in the Illinois lawsuit, contacted Apple when he noticed his phone slowing down. However, the lawsuit states: "Nobody from Apple customer support suggested that he replace his battery to improve the performance of his iPhone. ... Frustrated by slowdowns and intermittent shutdowns of his iPhone 7, Pedelty purchased an iPhone 8."

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Posted by
Andrea Payne
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I had to finally totally give up my iPhone 6+ ! I left home recently with the battery showing 100% and with less than 30 minutes it was showing 20%. This issue, since that day has become the norm. I just had to bite the bullet and purchase a new phone, iPhone 8 . Finally, I am not afraid to leave home, with the fear of need my phone and it once again lets me down.

Posted by
Stacy Snider
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I've had to delete pictures, apps, music due to it being so slow.

Posted by
Gina Marie Urizar
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We have 5 iPhones in our house, and all of them have slowed down dramatically. Most recently, I've had my battery drop more than 40% in a matter of 10 minutes. I always need to keep my phone close to a charger or battery pack. It got so bad that I had no option, but to pay to have my battery replaced. Given the cost of an iPhone, I expect this type of thing NOT to happen. I shouldn't have to pay MORE money for a new battery.

Posted by
Judy Albarran
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I have an iPhone 6s as soon as I finished my payment plan/contract on my phone it would only hold a charge for a little while then it’s battery started dying fast on top of being way slower, when I addressed the issue with Verizon they tried to sell me the 7 so frustrating

Posted by
Laurie quezada
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I had an iPhone 6+ that was purchased in 2016. Within a few months the phone started slowing down. I eventually had to get a new phone because my phone was not only slow but the batter would run out within a few hours.

Posted by
GWENDOLYN PUGH
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TION TO GO ANYWHERE,I AM ON AI HAVE AN APPLE IPHONE SE MY PHONE BATTERY DRAINS SO FAST AND WHEN I CHARGE IT UP IT SAYS FULL ! BUT BEFORE I CAN TRY TO GO TO A WEBSITE IT NEVER LOADS AND IF BY CHANCE IT DO,IT ONLY LOAD A BLACK SCREEN. I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH APPLE PRETAINING TO THIS ISSUE SINCE THAT IPHONE X CAME OUT.THEY ONLY PUTS ME THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES AND STREE .THE ALWAYS REQUEST ME TO PAY FOR A BATTERY OR SEND IT END.AND I WOULD HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH TO GET IT FIXED.I BOUGHT THIS IPHONE IN JUNE.OR THEY WOULD SAY TAKE IT TO AN APPLE STORE IN MY AREA ,I"M LIKE I AM NOT CLOSE TO AN APPLE STORE AND NEITHER I DONT HAVE TRANSPORTA FIXED INCOMEAN APPLE STORE NEARLY 100MILES FROM ME.

Posted by
Darius Coty
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Well my phone has been die way to fast than regular, my battery is been drained way to quickly than normal .Also my my IPhone 6s has been restarting by it’s self and every update is messing my phone even more and sucking the juice out my phone . I can be on FaceTime and my phone will take me off FaceTime, and give me a black screen for at least 15 seconds

Posted by
Edison
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Have an Apple iPhone 6 and it slows down on a regular basis

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