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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.

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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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LG unveils 65-inch rollable OLED TV

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LAS VEGAS — South Korean electronics manufacturer, LG — the leader in big-screen Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) manufacturing, has unveiled the world’s first 65-inch rollable OLED 4K prototype TV that rolls up and stores itself away like a poster at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018.

The rollable display is certainly an improvement over an earlier prototype LG showed two years ago that was only 18 inches in size and had a 1,200-by-810 resolution.

“It can be rolled up and hidden when not in use, and the small size of the rolled-up screen means that it can be more easily moved and stored, allowing for better space utilization, something existing displays can’t deliver,” the company said, in a statement.

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Other features about the prototype 65-inch rollable screen, such as its potential availability for consumers, have not been revealed.

The TV would sink down just enough to shift its aspect ratio from 16:9 to the cinematic 21:9, which means you can enjoy your ultrawide movies without the need for any black bars at all with the press of a button.

Being flexible enough to roll, the display panel becomes more organic and natural, the Verge reported.

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