Apple admitted in 2017 that it intentionally limited the performance of iPhones to preserve the autonomy of overcharged battery. This case is now in the spotlight due to a complaint by Justin Gutmann (leader of a consumer protection organization) seeking millions in damages from Apple.
Apple, like all tech giants is not immune to paying fines. These often require repairs for the spied user. Recent convictions were triggered by the absence of a magazine inside the box. Sometimes, however, old demons can catch up to the company. Be aware: Apple was accused of voluntarily limiting iPhones’ performance in 2017 after a scandal.
The affected models include the iPhone 6, 6S, 6S PLUS, SE, 7, 8 Plus and iPhone X+. To slow down the smartphones, the manufacturer introduced a performance management tool into firmware updates. This is a questionable process in and of itself. Apple did not any warning to users at its founding.
Apple is facing a heavy fine for affecting iPhone performance
Despite Apple claiming that their updates had improved iPhone performance, it turned out the exact opposite. Apple was forced to apologize after a flurry of controversy following the revelations made by journalists and users. Apple confirms these statements but claims that it only did so to benefit the consumers. This would have been a process to extend the battery’s life and increase their autonomy.
Justin Gutmann, a leader of a consumer advocacy organization, uncovered the case and took it to court. He is suing for PS750 million in compensation for those who were affected by the restriction. Justin Gutmann alleges that Apple deliberately concealed the workings of the tool to not warn users. Apple stated that it has never done anything to make customers upgrade. Apple stated that the company’s goal is to make products that customers love. Making iPhones last as long possible has been an important part of this. The company was accused of throttled the iPhone 11/12 last year.