Apple sued for performance – A European consumer association has taken Apple to court in Italy, reports Techcrunch. The class-action lawsuit, which many people can sign up for, stands in signs of alleged performance degradation of old iPhones. With the lawsuit, the lawyer is trying to get 60 million euros from the Cupertino company. That equates to about 60 euros per device.
Apple sued for performance
That money then goes to owners of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, who bought the devices between 2014 and 2020. Euroconsumers, an umbrella organization with which the Italian consumer association is also affiliated, says that the 60 euros should be enough for a new battery for the phones. That is what owners will lose on average.
In a statement Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, said the following.
When consumers buy Apple iPhones, they expect sustainable quality products. Unfortunately, that is not what happened with the iPhone 6 series. Not only consumers were defrauded, and did they have to face frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view it is also utterly irresponsible.
In December there were already two similar lawsuits in Belgium and Spain. In a press release let the group know that a fourth lawsuit is also imminent, this time in Portugal.
Response from Apple
Apple has issued a statement in a response to the editors of The Verge.
We have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.
However, it is not the first time that Apple has been taken to court for this reason. In March, the company already had to pay a $ 500 million fine, which the company admitted to slowing the performance of older iPhones. It was another hit in November, when 34 states filed another lawsuit. Even then, the performance of old iPhones was reduced, but Apple did this with the idea of saving the battery. However, the company had not notified customers of this, so an amount of $ 113 million had to be deposited.