Apple- the Cupertino-based tech giant, once again landed in trouble for deliberately slowing down the performance of new iPhones including its flagship smartphone iPhone 12 after these were updated to iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5. 1, or iOS 14.6., as suggested by the Spain Consumer Protection Organization.
The organisation has sent a letter to Apple demanding compensation to users who have suffered and if Apple fails to do anything satisfactory, there might be a lawsuit waiting for it soon.
As per a report by Spanish website iPhoneros, the iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, and iPhone 8 have slowed down after the iOS 14.5 update. This has led to a slower processing speed and an impact on the battery, which now gets drained too fast.
Other organisations such as Altroconsumo, Deco Proteste, and Test-Achats have also participated in this. It is suggested that Deco Proteste had accused Apple due to similar reasons earlier this year. The case in question was the company’s iPhone 6 throttling case that was filed in 2016.
Many customers had long suspected that Apple slowed down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade when a new one was released. Speaking of which, we hope you remember that. If not, here’s what happened. Back in 2016, a few iPhone (iPhone 6, 6, 6s, 6s Plus) users complained of unexpected shutdowns. It was a result of CPU throttling on part of Apple to improve the devices’ battery life. This was done via an iOS update.
In 2017, Apple confirmed that it did slow down some iPhones, but said it only did so to “prolong the life” of the devices.
However, in 2017, the company confirmed it did slow down some iPhones models as they aged, but said it only did so to “prolong the life” of the devices not to encourage people to upgrade.
It said the lithium-ion batteries in the devices became less capable of supplying peak current demands, as they aged over time. That could result in an iPhone unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. So, it released a software update for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE which “smoothed out” battery performance.
Apple later accepted this and sent out an update to sort this issue out. It even decreased the prices of battery replacements, paid a hefty sum to settle the lawsuit, and introduced a battery health indicator as a way of compensating people.