After Apple admitted to slowing down their iPhone CPUs earlier this month, as many as eight class action lawsuits claiming that the company has robbed plaintiffs of the functionality and value of their devices have been filed. However, according to a report by Patently Apple, one is seeking a payout a bit larger than the rest — $999 billion, to be exact. What the….?!
Apple copped to slowing down older iPhone models with worn-out lithium-ion batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns in a statement to TechCrunch, after Reddit user TeckFire noticed that their iPhone was running noticeably faster post-battery replacement. Though the consensus among iPhone owners is obviously that Apple should have been clear about the intentional slowdowns (and perhaps should have offered users the option to choose performance over battery life), $999 billion seems like a payout of cartoonish proportions for any lawsuit, let alone one regarding smartphone function.
- Apple addresses why people are saying their iPhones with older batteries are running ‘slower’ (techcrunch.com)