According to BBC News, nearly 25 million iPhone users in the UK could be facing damages following the launch of a lawsuit accusing Apple of secretly slowing down the performance of phones.
Indeed, a complaint filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal alleges that Apple slowed the performance of older iPhones in a process known as “throttling”. And this, in order to avoid recalls or costly repairs.
This relates to the introduction of a power management tool released in a software update for iPhone users in January 2017. This is to combat performance issues and prevent older devices from s stop abruptly.
Indeed, a software update in 2017, aimed at slowing down phone performance to help conserve power and prevent devices from abruptly shutting down, affects devices, such as the iPhone 6, iPhone SE , iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
Justin Gutmann, author of the complaint, alleges the company misled users about an upgrade it said would improve performance, but it would slow down the phones.
Thus, he is seeking damages of around £768 million for around 25 million iPhone users in the UK.
The models covered by the claim are iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.
This is an opt out claim, which means customers won’t need to join the case to seek damages, the article says.
As a reminder, this claim by Justin Gutmann comes two years after a similar case was made in the United States.
Indeed, in 2020, Apple had agreed to pay $113 million to settle claims that it slowed down older iPhones.