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Apple Admits to Slowing Down Old iPhones, Faces Lawsuits

Earlier this week, in response to a blog post by John Poole at Geekbench, Apple revealed that the company actually does slow down their iPhones when they get older, a fact that has been long suspected by iPhone users.

Apple said that it started the practice a year ago, to compensate for battery degradation, rather than push people to upgrade their smartphones faster.

This fact has led to a social media storm and outrage amongst users. Many have pointed out that a better solution may have been to make the battery replaceable and to inform customers, providing them an opt-out.

Apple is now facing two class-action lawsuits alleging that the company was intentionally and deceptively slowing down its phones so that users would buy the latest model, thus bringing more profits for Apple.

According to the lawsuit’s press release by a law firm in Chicago, Apple’s this move is “deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information.” The second lawsuit comes from California stating that Apple should have provided its customers an option to choose between the slow-down, or opt out.