Apple Sued in Korea for Battery Gate

A local newspaper has reported, today, that 150 plaintiffs have sued Apple for not reporting that the Company slowed down the speed of old phones.  Apple claims it slowed down the phones in order to increase battery.  Similar suits have been filed in the West.  We, likely, will not hear an outcome to this matter until the 4th Quarter of 2018.

The articles notes:

The main point of contention in the lawsuit, which has gathered 150 plaintiffs, will be whether Apple’s lack of disclosure was intended to push consumers to upgrade to a newer model of the iPhone.

The iPhone 6 was released in 2014.

After facing global backlash, Apple released an official statement on Dec. 28.

“We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the company said.

According to Apple’s explanation, the iOS update designed to better manage power use in older iPhones led to some consumers experiencing “longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.” The company has promised to release a new update early this year to make battery health more transparent to users.

The full article may be found at: First Consumer Lawsuit to be Filed against Apple in Korea

Sean Hayes

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