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Friday, 22 December 2017

Apple could go to trial for slowing down the iPhone without informing users

During yesterday, Apple confirmed that it had implemented functions designed to manage the frequency of the processors of the old iPhone to improve its performance and avoid unexpected blackouts as the battery degrades, or what is the same, that makes the iPhone go slower . And this confession is more than enough to be taken to court, as echoed in Macrumors .

The lawsuits have been filed by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas advised by the law firm Wilshire Law Firm in the district court of California and the accusation can not be other than the slowdown of the older iPhone models when new ones come out . Some of the demands say something like:

    The Respondent violated the implicit contracts it made with the Claimants by deliberately slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and not revealing this fact properly when an agreement already existed.

The other refers to the immoral, disappointing and unethical strategy of slowing down the iPhone.

According to the lawyers, Bogdanovich and Speas have an iPhone 7 and other older models and had realized that "their older models are slower when new models come out" and that they had not given their consent to Apple slowing them down , so they had no choice about whether they preferred to have their phones slower than normal.

But this trial for the batterygate is going to be very big , because the legal firm is looking for agreements to represent all the people who reside in the United States and have had an iPhone older than the iPhone 8, which in the USA are many, given market share of the apple there.

The lawsuit calls for old iPhones to be replaced and compensation for their loss of value, worse operation, acquisition of new batteries and widespread devaluation. As well as other compensation for damages by not having received something for what they had paid to acquire your terminal. Almost nothing.

Although Apple made it clear in his speech yesterday that this measure was made to extend the life of the terminal and improve the user experience, protecting it from blockages and blackouts as the battery degrades, has not sat well at all the lack of transparency and the impossibility of the user to be able to choose .

What is Apple going to do now?

The truth is that they paint things wrong for Apple, for which the first thing is probably to apologize. Although the trials are delayed, it is quite likely that in Cupertino touch open the portfolio, but it will be a matter of time to know the terms. What you should change now is your policy with users in this regard.

And is that as we explained yesterday, the problem is not so much the measure taken by Apple but the lack of information . Users should be able to easily know what the battery status of their iPhone is and if it is worth paying to replace it . Or that if we update our terminal with the latest iOS, it will buffer the speed of the processor. Knowledge is power.

Yesterday the developer Guilherme Rambo uploaded to his Twitter account this hypothetical idea that Apple should assess if it is worth adopting , the user interface that not only reports the status of the battery, but also allows us to choose the performance of the processor .

The next thing that Apple should review is its policy of battery replacement , something that is only done when it is in very poor condition. To give us an idea, the battery of an iPhone is designed to have 80% of its capacity after 500 full load cycles.

A defective battery that does not conform to this degree of degradation should be replaced free of charge , in the event that the user has hired AppleCare + or is within two years of warranty. 

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