Someone’s suing Apple for allegedly slowing down older iPhones

Anyone who has a phone that’s more than a few years old has probably had that feeling of dread when they receive a notification saying there’s an update available. Is it best to install it or might it kill your ageing phone completely?

Providing updates for older models is a fine balance. On the one hand, we’re unimpressed when tech giants stop offering updates for older models, effectively forcing you to upgrade if you want the new features. On the other, new features can often tax already tired batteries and slow down phones with outdated processors and lower storage capacity. In the worst of cases, an update can render your phone barely usable.

That’s what happened to some iPhone users back in 2017. An Apple update containing a power management tool intended to improve performance caused older models to slow down when battery was low. And now someone’s taking the tech giant to court over it (if you prefer to upgrade rather than wait to see if you can jump in on the lawsuit, see our guide to the best iPhone 13 Pro prices).

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The iPhone 8 (Image credit: Apple)

The consumer champion Justin Gutmann (opens in new tab) is suing Apple in the UK for £ 768m in a case filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which deals with cases on anti-competitive market practices. He says that if he wins, millions of other iPhone users who had an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X in 2017 could also have a claim, with no need to opt in on the case.

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