On December 20, 2017, Apple confirmed that old iPhones perform slow since they have been implemented with power management to improve performance and prevent shut downs as the battery starts degrading as the iPhone gets old. This confession that Apple knowingly slows down the older iPhones has led to a class action lawsuit, as reported by TMZ.
Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, Los Angeles residents, represented by Wilshire Law Firm, filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California accusing Apple of slowing old iPhones in order to increase the sales for the new ones.
The Los Angeles residents in their lawsuit stated that they own several old iPhones including iPhone 7 and over the course of time they have noticed that “older iPhone models slows (sic) down when new models come out.”
Apple stated that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with degrading batteries, confirming that there are power management features which attempt to increase the life of the iPhone and its battery. Apple implemented these features in iOS 10.2.1.
Apple made the following statement —
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, 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 down 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.”
The Los Angeles residents are seeking California and Nationwide class action certification, which would cover everyone in the United States who have owned iPhone models older than the iPhone 8.