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Apple faces multiple lawsuits after admitting it slows down ageing iPhones

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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.

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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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