iPhone owners could get hundreds of pounds each if consumer watchdog wins £750m court battle
Tech giant Apple could be face with a huge bill and forced to pay iPhone users hundreds of pounds each if a consumer wins a court battle due to be heard later today.
All eyes will be on 8 Salisbury Square, where the Competition Appeal Tribunal sits, on Thursday evening where legal experts will pass their allegations the Silicon Valley combination ‘choked’ the presentation of its own devices.
Justin Gutmann an iPhone user claims Apple devices gradually slowed down the performance of its iPhone handsets by hiding a power management tool in software updates to sort-out device performance issues and stop older devices from shutting down suddenly.
Mr. Justin Gutmann claimed that information about this power management tool was not included in the software update download description at the time or that it would slow a user’s device.
He also claims that Apple introduced this tool (power management tool) to disguise the fact that iPhone batteries were unable to cope with new iOS processing needs and that rather than recall products and / or replace batteries, the company instead pushed users to download the software updates without knowing about that tool.
The legal claim says Apple mentioned partial details of the tool to the release notes for the last update on its website at a later date but added that Tech giant failed to make it clear to it’s consumers that it would slow down older iPhones.
Mr. Justin Gutmann further claims Apple failed to sufficiently publicize its battery replacement service pricing of £25 plus return shipping and that the company had abused its strong position in the market.
The above mentioned device claim relates to the Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X models.
‘Instead of doing the honorable and legal thing by their customers and offering a free replacement, repair service or compensation, Apple instead misled people by concealing a tool in software updates that slowed their devices by up to 58%,’ Mr. Justin Gutmann added.
‘I’m launching this case so that millions of iPhone users across the UK will receive redress for the harm suffered by Apple’s actions. If this case is successful, I hope dominant companies will re-evaluate their business models and refrain from this kind of conduct.’
Apple has not commented on the new legal claim.
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