Everyone remembers the huge scandal in the center of which Apple was due to slowing down old iPhones… Despite the fact that the company tried to prove that it did it for good, in order to prevent unintentional reboots of smartphones with worn-out batteries, users were adamant. In their opinion, in Cupertino they should have at least warned them about this in advance, and as a maximum – given the opportunity to independently decide whether they agree to such care or not. But if Apple tried to make amends for that situation, then with the new one it has only to deal with.
It would seem, what is it all about? Since then Apple no longer slowed down iPhone… In any case, it did not implement special mechanisms in iOS that would help the company’s smartphones start to work slower.
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However, the Spanish Consumer Protection Society drew attention to the “practice of forced slowdowns of latest iPhonesincluding iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 8 and iPhone XS ”. Therefore, in order to protect the interests of users, their lawyers filed a complaint with Apple.
Why the iPhone began to work slower
According to the Society, cause iPhone slowdown There are three latest updates: iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1 and iOS 14.6. Installing them led to the fact that the speed of their processors on these smartphones was cut, because of which they began to work significantly slower than before.
In addition, the updates have also reduced iPhone battery life the same models, which fell by an average of 20-30% from the original indicators. Now the Society’s lawyers are demanding that Apple explain the reasons for the downgrade and pay material compensation.
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Forced iPhone obsolescencethat happened to them because of Apple updates, is unfair to consumers and harmful to the environment. If Apple does not provide an adequate response to our appeal, we will consider the possibility of going to court in order to protect the interests and legal rights of consumers, – said in the Society.
I perfectly understand what problem we are talking about, because I have already described it myself in my publications. After updates to iOS 14.5 smartphones such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 started to run noticeably slower. Direct testing showed that the level of their performance fell even below the level of the three-year-old iPhone XR.
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Moreover, not only the actual performance of smartphones suffered, but also their computing power. This became clear as a result of running the iPhone of different generations with iOS 14.5 installed in the benchmarks. According to the results of synthetic tests, it turned out that performance of newer iPhones dropped to the level of the older one.
Of course, this is a bug and there was probably no talk of a forced slowdown. Another thing is that iOS 14.5 was released back in April, and since then, updated users have been forced to endure the reduced performance of their smartphones. But this, for a minute, has been going on for almost three months. So the demand for some kind of compensation no longer looks like something wrong here.
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I have no doubt that Apple will not even consider paying out in good faith. At best, what can happen is an emergency update that fixes a performance bug is released. But, on the other hand, if we consider that in Europe everyone is spying on Apple, we can assume that a real court would have imposed very serious sanctions on it.
What is the case in Italy, where the court fined Apple $ 73 million for iPhone slowdown… Now, of course, the situation is not so serious, and the size of the compensation payment – if there is any, of course, at all – will be less. But the obligation itself should be an incentive for Apple to treat its users a little more reverently.