iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits Ordered to Be Centralized in Northern California District Court

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Apple's legal battle against dozens of iPhone slowdown class action lawsuits will take place in a courtroom near its headquarters.


The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation today disclosed it has ordered [PDF] all iPhone slowdown lawsuits to be transferred to the U.S. District Court for Northern California and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable Judge Edward J. Davila for consolidated pretrial proceedings.

More than half of the 61 lawsuits--and counting--were filed in the Northern District of California to begin with, so centralization of the remaining complaints filed in other states should help to streamline the legal process.

An excerpt from the order:
These actions share factual questions arising from allegations that Apple included code in updates to its mobile operating system (iOS) that significantly reduced the performance of older-model iPhones. Plaintiffs also allege that Apple misrepresented the nature of the iOS updates and failed to adequately disclose to iPhone owners the impact the iOS updates would have on the performance of their iPhones.

Discovery regarding the engineering of the iPhone and the iOS updates likely will be technical and complex. Plaintiffs assert similar causes of action for false advertising, alleged unfair business practices, trespass to chattels, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment. Moreover, plaintiffs bring these actions on behalf of overlapping putative classes of iPhone owners.
The first lawsuit was filed in late December, after Apple revealed that it throttles the maximum performance of some older iPhone models with chemically aged batteries when necessary in order to prevent the devices from unexpectedly shutting down. The changes were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1.

Apple didn't mention the change when iOS 10.2.1 was first released, and in a statement issued a month later, it still only mentioned vague "improvements" resulting in a significant reduction in unexpected shutdowns.

Apple only revealed exactly what the so-called "improvements" were after Primate Labs founder John Poole visualized that some iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 devices suddenly had lower benchmark scores starting with iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 11.2 respectively, despite operating at maximum performance on previous versions.

Apple apologized for its lack of communication in December, and reduced the price of battery replacements to $29 for iPhone 6 and newer through the end of 2018. Apple also released iOS 11.3 earlier this week with a new feature that enables users to track their iPhone battery's health and performance status.

Moreover, when users first install iOS 11.3, all performance management features that might have been enabled are automatically disabled. If an unexpected shutdown occurs, however, the performance management is turned back on and must be disabled manually thereafter--although Apple doesn't recommend it.

In addition to the lawsuits, Apple has also faced questions from government officials and consumer protection groups in the United States, Canada, France, South Korea, and a handful of other countries.

We've already answered many frequently asked questions about Apple's power management process, which can be avoided entirely by replacing your iPhone's battery if necessary. Read our guide on how to get an iPhone's battery replaced at an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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supercoolmanchu

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You might want to let Apple know. According to them, your battery controls your processor, so it's related. Bad Macbook Pro battery? Good luck rendering that 4k video sucker.
That’s just low quality trolling.

Plug the MacBook Pro into a power adapter, and render away.

Do you know anything about how computers work?
 

djcerla

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This class actiom is of the utmost importance.

Facebook, on the other hand, only managed to turn a comic book moron into POTUS, a $1000 fine is appropriate.
 
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I7guy

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I hope something positive comes of all this. It already has as throttling has been turned off with iOS 11.3, but I hope Apple learns a lesson about shady and dishonest business practices. I'm not holding my breath though as I suspect the main lesson they learned is how to better avoid getting caught.
I think something positive has come of it. My opinion is Apple wont take the drubbing people seem to think. But we’ll see.
 
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Baymowe335

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These lawsuits are an example of what America has become.
Give me a break. Stop being so glib. As if Australia would handle this so much better?

It's not like this is an open and shut case anyway. You actually have to PROVE wrongdoing in America. You don't just get to speculate and pitchfork and see someone burned at the stake, even if it's probably true. We have this thing called burden of proof.

And by the way, it's one of the many reasons why America is the best country in the world.