New lawsuit claims Apple slows down older iPhones on iOS 9

30 December, 2015
A new lawsuit is demanding $5M in damages from Apple for intentionally slowing down performance of legacy iPhones. The plaintiff claims that Apple has been engaging in deceptive business practices of purposely slowing down 100 membersí iPhone 4Sís.

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  • Muthu

Eske Rahn, 30 Dec 2015In all fairness it should be said that Ios 8.0 was REALLY bugged... moreOk, I got you. Anyways, even with latest 8.x version, app crash issues are still there. Can I upgrade my ipad air to IOS 9? Will it cripple it or not?

  • Eske Rahn

Muthu, 30 Dec 2015Well said. As I can't speak for others, I will share my own expe... moreIn all fairness it should be said that Ios 8.0 was REALLY bugged in general even on their (then) newest Ip6-. The bug-patch versions 8.1 and 8.2 remedied most of the stability issues. (So the instability part of your 8.0 experience were hardly a deliberate attempt to make your device work worse)

  • AnonD-42207

That's strategy to show that your Iphone 4s is outdated, and you need to ride the upgrade train.

  • Lm

Anonymous, 30 Dec 2015iPhone 4s? You mean the phone that was around same time as Galax... moreYes but in the galaxy s2 you have 100 ways to roll back if you feel a difference in performance, not stuck forever like my ipad mini. People buy apple because of it's not a resource hungry software and devices run smoothly on it.
They simply could've added the option to revert back to ios6, clearly customer satisfaction will be decreasing at apple.

  • Lapax

I've never had an update that made my phone/tab faster, be it android or iOS.

  • Anonymous

iPhone 4s? You mean the phone that was around same time as Galaxy S2? That one?

The users of iPhones are upset. Maybe because the way Apple projects its iOS to be really great and so much better than Android and how "it just works". Also, you have to cough out more money to buy iPhone than any Android device. Whether the device has old specs but its OS is handled by Apple itself. With Android the things are different. That's why some people like to switch to Apple for timely updates, smooth running OS and giving top notch performance with so less hardware. Also, the difference in spec from 2011 to 2015 is massive with Android than iPhone. 8 to 10 core CPU, 3-4GB RAM vs 512-2gb RAM, 2 cores CPU.

  • charlie

strad_aosp, 30 Dec 2015I guess I'm playing devil's advocate this time. Has anyone consi... moreOld phone? You can still buy it new from the store. So even if the model is old...you can still get your hands on a brand new one and if you then directly update to latest iOS you can throw away your brand new phone.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 30 Dec 2015A 4 year old device is bound to get slow on updates. Apple shoul... more"Nexus project"? You mean "Nexus line" (it was never a project, it's just a series of devices).

That aside, keep in mind, Apple wants everyone to use the latest version, not the best one. That's kind'a the thing - the 4S is pretty much a low-end device by today's standards, Apple wants it out the market, but people still like it and keep using it (which you cant blame them for, it was good for it's time). So if they DID pull something like this, I wouldn't be surprised at all.

  • Anonymous

A 4 year old device is bound to get slow on updates. Apple should follow the nexus project of google where it offers only 2 major updates after the release of device .

But it does not mean that apple is a bad company. They are still one of the best R&D for mobile and tablets atleast.

This lawsuit will increase awareness among iOS users.
And as far as the claim that android users are more tech savvy than iOS users, i agree but not completely.
Because when most of the peole buy android mobile they have to consider many options but an iOS user just go out and buy it. So in the process an android user understands about various false claims made by manufacturers.

  • Rhino

Harsh, 30 Dec 2015My 3 year old lumia 520 ran grt on Windows 8, it got faster with... moreDamn right.
Lumia 520 user here and I agree.

HemoRoid, 30 Dec 2015i belive that person got that idea of filing a lawsuit against a... moreIf it ever receive's an update......

AnonD-265082, 30 Dec 2015Just upgrade but its not that simple for iOS users because a lot... moreThis could be true, Apple (like all company's) first Ian's only loyalty is to the profit margin.

Your comment about Androud users being more tech savvy made me chuckle though, mainly because it's a silly nonsensical generalisation.

  • Harsh

strad_aosp, 30 Dec 2015I guess I'm playing devil's advocate this time. Has anyone consi... moreMy 3 year old lumia 520 ran grt on Windows 8, it got faster with 8.1 and now it's way better with win 10.....even iphone 5 performs slower with ios 9

  • AnonD-362866

AnonD-138848, 30 Dec 2015This is true, I use iPhone 4S, messages loads deadly slow. I jus... moreYou expected to buy a phone and still be relevant 4 years later? I don't think "Apple" is the one being cheap in this equation of yours. A smartphone is disposable eventually. It is not a piece of jewelry that you will pass on to your kids. What on earth were you expecting though lmao? Let me guess you still plan on using your 4s until Jesus comes knocking on your door right?

Always buy a phone with all your needs and never ever update it if security is what is bogging you buy a blackberry priv

  • Anonymous

AnonD-482240, 30 Dec 2015I've known this apple's dirty trick long time ago when it slowed... moreWell, there's nothing we can do. That's just how the world goes.

  • AnonD-482240

I've known this apple's dirty trick long time ago when it slowed down two iphone 3gs of me and my wife with it's last update. I've stopped updating my ipad 3 after 7.x and it is still running smooth as new......I'm not going to update my ipad air after 9.0....for phones i'm using samsung note 3 and using note 4 rom. Still working great.
Apple is a horrible company. It's more of a fashion company than a tech company.

  • Mello

[deleted post]When someone can buy a $700 phone, they probably have a lot of money. Events like these are probably not much more than a minor inconvenience for them - they just go out and buy a new phone.

  • Mello

mir, 30 Dec 2015Updates are very important for everyone's well being. It helps u... moreMaybe for you. Not everyone values updates as much as you do - and nobody should be forced to. It's a nice thing to have, yes - but it's not a necessity.