In less than two weeks since admitting to deliberately slowing down older iPhone models with worn-out batteries, nearly 30 class action lawsuits have so far been filed against Apple, highlighting just how badly the company has handled the whole situation.

Canadian outlet PatentlyApple’s been following those lawsuits closely, having counted as many as 27 different class actions filed against Apple as of Monday. One of the lawsuits sought a ridiculous payout of $999 billion, with the latest cases filed in San Francisco and Brooklyn.

Additional lawsuits are reportedly pending, meaning by the time you read this the number of legal proceedings filed over the iPhone throttling debacle could easily zoom past 30.

Many of the plaintiffs allege that Apple has been purposely slowing down older iPhones through software updates in order to presumably encourage sales of new iPhones, giving fuel to the longstanding conspiracy theory of planned obsolescence.

Apple apologized for not communicating to its customers how the recent changes in iOS impacted CPU performance on iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE models with older batteries.

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As an olive branch to the disgruntled customers, Apple has temporarily slashed the price of its out-of-warranty battery replacement program to $29 from $79 throughout 2018.

All customers that request a battery replacement will get one, regardless of the results of the battery diagnosis tests run directly on the device, the iPhone maker said.

However, a Brazilian state agency required additional clarity on the matter, having notified the Cupertino technology firm last week that it must explain how Brazilian iPhone owners will be able to purchase battery replacements at lower prices.

  • whodakat

    People are pathetic. A class action lawsuit. LOL 30 of them! People just want something for free.

    • Vinnie Bones

      how are they pathetic? If i pay $1000 for a phone, i wouldn’t want it slowing (intentionally) down after 10-12 months

      • edwilk55

        Agreed! They make it hard for the avg person to replace their own battery. Then, rather than giving the end user the option to have same performance and decreased bat life, they take it upon themselves to cripple the performance.

        For the person that doesn’t mind charging more or has an external battery to compensate, I would be irate too to lean that my performance was degraded. For any reason actually.

      • You obviously have no idea what Apple did apparently or you wouldn’t suggest that Apple allow anyone to go back or toggle the change on or off.

        The TL;DR is that Apple fixed a SERIOUS hardware issue that could cause permanent dmg to a phone if left unchecked. However this fix has the unintended side effect of slowing a phone down as the battery degraded over time.

        So please, stop talking about this as if you know what’s actually going on.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Permanent damage…how? Nope

      • Look up the term “power brownout” and see if ANYONE on the internet says that electronics are just fine with them.

        There’s a reason that Apple immediately kills the iPhone when it detects these conditions and any failure to shut down instantly can cause permanent damage to your electronics. Furthermore, if your phone shuts down in these conditions while installing updates (as one example out of many) you could easily end up with a bricked phone.

      • People are pathetic because Apple hasn’t been (intentionally) slowing down phones after 10-12 months. It’s a blatant misrepresentation of the facts to claim that, and anyone who claims that obviously never bothered to read what Apple actually said in their press release.

        People are pathetic to believe this because it means they couldn’t be bothered to spend 1 min on Google before hoping onto a bandwagon wanting to sue Apple for almost 1 Trillion dollars (to say nothing of the 20+ other lawsuits).

        Look Apple has been slipping recently and I’m more than happy to point out their flaws and failures but this is just… well… it’s pathetic.

      • Vinnie Bones

        I still hope they all sue the fk out of Apple, no matter how you spin in, it’s still shady on their part and only have an excuse once they got caught.

      • Sooo… it’s shady to fix problems that result in hardware failures and potentially permanent damage to the phone? Ok thanks for the info!

      • Vinnie Bones

        You sound like a real fanboy, Apple could take a dump and hand it to you and you’d bow gracefully and take it. I’m saying if they have been up front with this in the first place, they wouldn’t be in this predicament right now. For the price Apple products are, I’m not satisfied with this as a consumer and neither should you… but hey, go ahead and defend them, wtv that makes you sleep at night. G’day Sir!

      • So despite my first response to you saying that I’m more than happy to point out Apple flaws and failures (something I’ve done a lot of recently) I’m now magically a fan boy who enjoys abuse from Apple because I don’t agree with you huh?

        I’m not defending Apple on this either and I’m more than happy to talk about what Apple did wrong here but I can only do that with someone who actually knows what’s going on and not some uniformed person ranting on the internet without a clue as to what isn’t actually going on.

        Here just to help you not get labeled as a pathetic person who can’t be bothered to read google… here’s what happened. One year ago there were mass reports that iPhones were shutting down at 20-40% battery for no seemingly justified reason. Apple began investigating and discovered that the problem was with the old batteries. All Lithium-ion batteries will loose their ability to output at their origional peak over time. But because Apple likes to squeeze every bit of performance out of their devices as possible a situation was occurring where the components would start to pull more current from the battery under a sustained high performance load than the battery was safely capable of delivering. And when it failed to deliver the necessary power things became very unstable very fast and crashed (as one might expect).

        Therefor Apple’s solution was to release iOS 10.2.1 which added software to their older phones (the 6, 6S and SE) that monitored battery health and prevented the CPU from being allowed to ask for more power than was safe. The end result is that for most consumers the problems that ran the risk of ruining their hardware was fixed. However one side effect of telling phones they can’t crash themselves by pushing the battery too much is that they will scorget lower over time in benchmarking tests. And eventually after enough years start to become noticeably sluggish in day to day activities.

        So… now you know. I guess if all it takes to be an Apple fan boy is knowledge well… welcome to the club 😉 But hopefully now you’ll realize how incredibly stupid things like “For the price Apple products are, I’m not satisfied with this as a consumer and neither should you” are and how obviously uneducated on this subject someone has to be to utter such nonsense.

      • Vinnie Bones

        Uneducated huh? I stand corrected. You either work for Apple, a PR or fanboy.

      • Did you even read the full response I wrote for you? And before you get too offended, read the next three words “uneducated ON THIS SUBJECT”. My goodness I feel like I have to hold your hand every step of the way here…

        But I can see where you’d want to remain ignorant. It allows you act like a child and call anyone who doesn’t agree with you names.

      • Vinnie Bones

        You sound like a little girl right now and refuse to let things go.. I guess it must bother you a lot when someone doesn’t agree with you. Cry me a river! Boo effing Hoo! Not even gonna bother with this thread anymore so go ahead and shoot your shot bro! Seems like you have enough time on your hands. GOOD…. DAY!!

      • You know, if you wanted… I’m more than happy to document any/all of my claims. I can point you to the articles where they measured the electrical outputs of batteries over time in iPhones, Apple’s original statements, etc. etc.

        But isn’t it telling, that after taking the time to write out an explanation for you all I got was name calling with zero substantive rebuttal. You didn’t ask for sources, you didn’t try to debunk anything. Your only tactic from the get go has been to try and slander me.

        If you’re calling this conversation quits then so be it, but just know that any time you’d actually like to act with a little maturity I’ll be more than happy to go through this with you. Hope you enjoy your day.

      • Oh and full disclosure… I don’t work for Apple and I don’t work for any PR or fanboys either. (Although I’m not sure why you’d care if I worked for a fanboy)

        Sorry, I couldn’t resist responding to your obvious mastery of the English language.

  • Anand Kumar

    Sometimes I feel that It could be something intentional from Apple to just sell the batteries and get all the focus on apple. Could that be true? Who knows 😉

    • The Zlatan

      Ancient astronomers say yes..

    • It could be… but anyone who actually read Apple’s statement on this issue would know that it’s a fix to prevent electrical failures in older phones.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Apple, losing more and more luster…

    • Consumers, becoming more and more petty…

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Nice to see you feel compelled to reply to every comment. Do you petty much, obviously do. Thanks again for your boundless pettiness and your scrutiny of some ppls English. Grammar check on a forum with most likely a lot of foreigners whose first language English is not. Kudos to you, John, boy.

      • Since you’re apparently keeping tabs on me you’ll notice that I’ve only laughed at one person’s use of English in the last few months. And today it was only because his last number of posts were doing nothing but name calling. But thanks for taking time to stereotype me! It’s always nice to know what others think of me personally as opposed to my arguments 🙂

        An no, the only reason I’ve been commenting on this kind of thread so much is that I get annoyed seeing so many people spreading lies or blatant miss-representations. If you wanted to stalk me you can quickly find out that I don’t comment on the vast majority of iDB articles.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Oh, how I miss me jail breaks… ?

  • Wow… This clearly indicates how easily people are to believe anything if they think there’s something in it for them.

    For anyone here that still doesn’t know what this is all about, last year (LAST YEAR) Apple responded to wide spread reports that old phones were spontaneously shutting down at around 20-40% battery. They realized that as the battery degraded over time a scenario could occur where the components could request more power than the old battery was capable of delivering causing critical failures in the electronics. In order to protect their phones (as this can have nasty side effects) Apple released 2 updates that targeted different groups of phones with software that watches the battery and as its ability to deliver peak electrical output slowly goes down over time, enacts limits on the CPU to ensure that it can’t try and draw more power than is safe.

    Of course if your CPU has 10% less power to run at during absolute peak sustained performances (like in benchmarking tests) you’ll see a difference, but these people suing Apple have no clue what this is about apparently, and shame on the news sites for spreading absolute misinformation about all of this. It’s really a shame. I hope though Apple learns a lesson and acts a little more transparently in the future.

  • Vinnie Bones

    The whole point Apple could’ve said that in the first place, they start making excuses after they got caught. We all know Androids slow down dramatically (unless if youre running a pixel or nexus) it’s not news with them

  • Syjic_666

    The only thing I wish apple would do is to stop these dam annoying popups requesting to update to latest firmware. Not only is it irritating but it continuously wastes my bandwidth!

    • Well that’s not going to happen. If Apple didn’t make it obvious that there were updates (many of which fix security holes to protect you against malware) they would probably be sued after the first person got their phone hacked and was able to prove that they didn’t know there was an update.

      Also, it doesn’t eat much bandwidth to check for updates. Not only that, but once you phone knows it’s out of date it saves that info and reminds you regularly without needing any data consumption at all for future reminders.