Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change.
Last week, Apple has confirmed that it slowed down the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE through a software update, and says it is doing so to avoid the devices from shutting down because of aging batteries.
The company said this feature “smooth[ed] out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.”
Lithium-ion batteries, which are used in iPhones, “become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.” The software update prevented this from happening.
All the lawsuits — filed in US District Courts in California, New York and Illinois — seek class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide.
A similar case was also lodged in an Israeli court on Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported.
The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend.
Apple did not respond to an email seeking comment on the filings.
Phones without the adjustment would shut down abruptly because of a precaution designed to prevent components from getting fried, Apple said.Follow @gorkhapost
NC leader Regmi passes away
KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.
Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.
He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.
His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.
On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.Follow @gorkhapost