Someone is suing Apple for slowing down older iPhones

Anyone who has a phone that is more than a few years old has probably had that feeling of dread when they receive a notification that an update is available. Is it best to install it or can it kill your outdated phone completely?

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 On the other hand, new features can often strain already tired batteries and slow down phones with outdated processors and lower storage capacity.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

That’s what happened to some iPhone users in 2017. An Apple update that included a power management tool intended to improve performance caused older models to slow down when the battery was low. And now someone is suing the tech giant (if you’d rather upgrade than wait to see if you can jump into the lawsuit, check out 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 £768 million in a case filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which hears cases about anti-competitive market practices. He says 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 file a claim, without having to sign up for the case.

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