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$5 million lawsuit claims Apple slowed older iPhones with upgrade

Class action lawsuit against Apple seeks up to $15 million in damages, says company intentionally sabotaged older iPhones with iOS 9 upgrade
By Sean Ridgeley from Dec 30, 2015 @ 13:03 CST

A class action lawsuit was filed with the New York district court yesterday and claims Apple intentionally slowed down older iPhones, particularly the iPhone 4s, with its recent iOS 9 upgrade. The motivation: added revenue from new phone purchases and carrier contracts.


The suit boasts more than 100 members, which seek $5 million in damages, pending the option to treble (triple the amount).

Specific performance complaints include delayed launch times, reduced responsiveness to touch, and stability issues, to the point the iPhone 4s is described as "inoperable".

The suit claims Apple was well aware of all of this during its testing but went ahead with it regardless, and declined to note the potential issues anywhere.

Apple faced a similar case in 2011, which claimed iOS 4 effectively killed the iPhone 3G. The case was eventually thrown out.


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