Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for throttling iPhones | Apple Insider

Hagens Berman, the consumer rights law firm that successfully obtained a $450 million settlement from Apple over e-book price fixing, once again has the tech giant in its sights, and on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit over the iPhone throttling debacle.

In a suit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Hagens Berman alleges Apple secretly installed a feature on customer iPhones to intentionally slow down processor performance.

The complaint, which names New York resident John Solak as a plaintiff, seeks damages for performance degradation as a result of multiple iOS updates dating back to iOS 10.2.1. Further, compensation is sought for existing iPhone owners who purchased a new device to “alleviate Apple’s secretive and unauthorized slowdown” of older hardware.

In December, a Reddit user detailed what appeared to be evidence of CPU throttling on iPhones with degraded batteries. Multiple iPhone owners came forward with system benchmarks tests that showed higher scores after a device’s battery was replaced, suggesting Apple throttles performance without user knowledge. The revelations fueled a years-old conspiracy theory that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhone models in order to sell new units to upgraders.

Certain findings were backed up by Geekbench’s John Poole, who found a correlation between iPhone slowdowns, battery age and, importantly, iOS version. Specifically, Poole was able to plot a noticeable change in benchmark scores between iOS 10.2 and iOS 10.2.1.

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Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for throttling iPhones.