US Senator Questions Apple Over iPhone Slowdown Controversy

US Congress targets Apple over iPhone slowing

After public outrage, a US Senator has posed questions to Apple about its deliberate slow-down of older iPhones due to aging battery issues.

[Representational Image] Apple Genius suffers burns, as iPhone battery catches fire in Zurich store. The test seemed to show that Apple was indeed slowing down older models, and Apple promptly responded with an apology and an explanation for why this was happening. To date, 15 class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple alleging misrepresentation, breach of good faith, and deceptive business practices. In essence, the more a phone's battery was damaged, the slower it would perform in order to conserve battery power. We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.

The revelation led to numerous complaints from iPhone users that Apple was deliberately throttling their devices without informing them why or giving them the ability to opt out. Meanwhile, over 30 class action lawsuits have sprung up in the United States in the wake of the debacle.

Apple has reportedly faced shortages of batteries in its stores following the battery replacement programme.

In a post on its website, it said: "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down".

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Apple had no immediate comment beyond the police statement.

Now, an out-of-warranty iPhone battery costs $50 less - $29 instead of original price $79 - for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in January and available worldwide through December 2018.

As soon as it became clear that it specifically reduces the speed of the iPhone, she immediately launched a new temporary program through which everyone will be able at an incredibly low price to replace the battery in the phone for a new one to return the mobile device at the same speed of operation.

Apple revealed it had "downclocked" older models' central processing units (CPU) but said it did so to reduce the strain on dated batteries and stop the devices from unexpectedly shutting down.

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