Apple Faces Lawsuits in Europe Over Slowing Down Older iPhones

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Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.

Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down.

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The group said that attempts to resolve the issue with Apple out of court were unsuccessful. It is seeking compensation of €60 ($72.30) on average for each consumer. If the lawsuits succeed, they could cost Apple €180 million ($217 million) in total, based on Euroconsumers estimates of the number of devices affected.

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Consumers are increasingly upset by products wearing out too quickly, the iPhone 6 models being a very concrete example of that,” Bruggeman said in a statement.


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