Apple iPhone Battery Slowdown

DEFENDANT NAME: Apple Inc.
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CASE NUMBER: 5:18-cv-00123
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
PRACTICE AREA: Consumer Rights
STATUS: Active
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DATE FILED: 01/05/18
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Do you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or SE? Apple secretly slowed down your phone.

If you own an affected iPhone, or purchased a new battery or iPhone due to Apple's slowdown, fill out the form to find out more »

Research recently uncovered that Apple secretly installed a feature to intentionally slow down performance of many iPhone models under certain circumstances. Apple failed to disclose this action to millions of affected iPhone owners in the U.S. The company has now forced consumers to either continue using phones suffering from these performance shortfalls, or pay Apple $29 for a new battery. We believe consumers should have other options.

AFFECTED DEVICES

Apple secretly slowed down performance in the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

ABOUT THE APPLE BATTERY SLOWDOWN

In 2016, many iPhone owners had already grown suspicious of their iPhone performance, as reports surfaced of random, unexpected and disruptive shutdowns of certain iPhones. Apple cryptically covered-up the issue and refused to fully inform the public of the root of the widespread shutdowns.

In more recent news, a researcher found evidence that Apple had embedded performance-degrading features into iOS updates, likely as a means to prevent these shutdowns. Apple's performance-limiting features were snuck into routine updates, unbeknownst to iPhone owners. Apple handed iPhone owners an empty apology and late explanation, stating that "users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance." In this same breath, Apple announced it would "reduc[e] the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 – from $79 to $29 – for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced" though the end of 2018.

Apple attempted to cover up this issue, and only sought to tell the public after it was forced to explain itself by press reports and customer uproar.

YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS

Apple's actions leave consumers with limited options and information. Many were likely led to believe that their iPhones were suffering performance issues because they were essentially obsolete, and so they purchased new iPhones from Apple. And, no doubt, many owners of affected iPhones bought batteries at $79, before Apple came clean.

Hagens Berman believes iPhone owners deserve compensation for Apple's cover-up and insufficient solution. The firm seeks compensation for lack of performance, as well as compensation for those who purchased new batteries or new iPhones (often at the urging of Apple representatives) to circumvent Apple's secretive and unauthorized slowdown of millions of iPhones.

TOP CONSUMER RIGHTS FIRM

Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $260 billion in settlements for consumers in lawsuits against consumer electronics manufacturers, big banks and others. The firm achieved a $450 million settlement against Apple and the nation's largest publishing companies for artificially inflating the price of e-books.

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