Multi-state probe into older iPhones slowing and shutting down

erek

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"Outraged iPhone users said that appeared to confirm long-held suspicions that Apple slowed older devices to encourage users to buy new phones. Apple publicly apologized and slashed prices on battery replacements.

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit related to the battery issues."


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...r-iphones-slowing-shutting-down-idUSKCN24U2YX
 

Lakados

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The Battery thing was dirty pool and Apple paid, I get their perspective though that if a battery was bad it would turn down the settings to prevent disastrous problems. If they kept the phones operating at 100% they get sued that they should have built in failsafes, so they build in failsafes but they should have disclosed them, not doing so was dubious at best. But trying to prove that Apple intentionally added code into iOS updates to target older models and slow them down is going to be a tough one to prove. Feature creep is real, that alone adds to slowdowns, proving a distinction between the two would normally be hard.
I can say though that our old Samsung tablets, roughly 200 of them, randomly just turn off when they are in use the old batteries can’t meet their peak amperage/voltage requirements when running the more taxing softwares. So if anything takes their CPU’s over like 85% they just blink off like the batteries died. Had to either replace their batteries to fix the issue, pain to diagnose that because it just made them look like they were systematically just dying.
Regardless either scenario could have been made way less painful by a simple error message and a toggle option stating the battery was failing and a low power mode was recommended until a replacement was installed.
 

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The Battery thing was dirty pool and Apple paid, I get their perspective though that if a battery was bad it would turn down the settings to prevent disastrous problems. If they kept the phones operating at 100% they get sued that they should have built in failsafes, so they build in failsafes but they should have disclosed them, not doing so was dubious at best. But trying to prove that Apple intentionally added code into iOS updates to target older models and slow them down is going to be a tough one to prove. Feature creep is real, that alone adds to slowdowns, proving a distinction between the two would normally be hard.
I can say though that our old Samsung tablets, roughly 200 of them, randomly just turn off when they are in use the old batteries can’t meet their peak amperage/voltage requirements when running the more taxing softwares. So if anything takes their CPU’s over like 85% they just blink off like the batteries died. Had to either replace their batteries to fix the issue, pain to diagnose that because it just made them look like they were systematically just dying.
Regardless either scenario could have been made way less painful by a simple error message and a toggle option stating the battery was failing and a low power mode was recommended until a replacement was installed.
i never got any money if they paid :(
 

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i never got any money if they paid :(
You had to register with the state and fill out forms on a govt website before a deadline. Same deal that went down with the LCD screen class action suits.it was like $20. And in some cases I recall reading that many of the US states taxed you on that $20.
 

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You had to register with the state and fill out forms on a govt website before a deadline. Same deal that went down with the LCD screen class action suits.it was like $20. And in some cases I recall reading that many of the US states taxed you on that $20.
That's kind of billshit.

That should qualify as a partial refund, not taxable income.

If anything, the state where they bought it should refund a small amount of sales tax.
 
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