Apple finally admits it deliberately slows down old iPhones

A customer checks the new iPhone 6s displayed at the Apple Store Opera

A customer checks the new iPhone 6s displayed at the Apple Store Opera

This year's iOS 11.2 extended the feature to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

However, the lawsuit noted, to that point, Apple had never publicly confirmed or informed its customers it was intentionally slowing their devices' performance to extend "the life of their devices" or for any other reason. According to Futuremark, Apple has not been deliberately slowing the phones.

The company went on to say that the iPhone 6 contains a feature that slows the phone down "only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down" due to a depleted battery. 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 is electronic components.

The lawsuit noted Apple could have also told consumers they could solve the problem by installing new batteries.

Rogers hasn't commented on its most recent pricing moves, but its executives have said the company competes with Freedom on price but has advantages in terms of network, distribution system and customer care.

An entry-level iPhone X sells for around $1,000, according to retail listings.

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As of Thursday afternoon, Telus and Bell hadn't matched the Rogers iPhone 8 temporary price cut.

On the other hand, there's a lot of negative reaction to this information, probably because people think Apple could manufacture higher quality hardware that doesn't see its peak performance decline quite so quickly.

On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone's processor, published data that appeared to show slower performance in the Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they aged. Five people spread across Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and IN filed a separate class-action suit against Apple IN a Chicago court over the same issue.

The lawsuit accuses Apple of violating consumer fraud laws in IL and other states, as well as of committing common law fraud nationwide.

iPhone users can purchase a new battery for their older model if they don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars for an entirely new phone.

The lawsuit does not specify the damages sought by the plaintiffs, but indicates plaintiffs will seek punitive damages and attorney fees.

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