Currently, some US citizens are enjoying a pleasant extra income from Apple. The tech company has been ordered to pay disgruntled customers $15 in compensation. The reason for the whole thing is a significant drop in performance of the now aged iPhone 4S under the operating software iOS 9.
Does Apple make old iPhones weaker?
Among “Apple disciples”, the transparent and also sustainable update policy of the company from Cupertino, California, has always been revered and admired. But some also see a perfidious plan of the tech company behind the long-standing software support of every iPhone. For instance, it has been speculated for some time that the company is intentionally slowing down older devices via updates in order to create incentives to buy a current iPhone. This rumor first surfaced with the iPhone 4S. Many customers did not want to let this fact stand, which is why they filed a lawsuit without further ado with the competent court in the USA.
Agreement after years of litigation
After Apple and the affected customers have dealt with each other legally for years, it has now apparently come to an agreement between the parties. As a result, all those affected are now entitled to a compensation payment from Apple. The claim of 15 US dollars is justified if one had to suffer from performance drops of the iPhone 4S under iOS 9 oneself. What sounds like little, seems to be quite a bit of money in total. According to Apple, they want to provide up to 20 million US dollars for customers from the two states of New Jersey and New York.
The fact that a smartphone offers weaker performance over time is in the nature of things and will be known to everyone. However, this fact is not the reason why Apple was called to pay the fine. The focus is rather on the almost misleading marketing that Apple did around iOS 9. At that time, the company said that the new operating system would ensure a consistently better performance on all supported devices. In particular, you were supposed to get faster scrolling and multitasking. What sounded good in the advertising turned out to be a big mistake for owners of an iPhone 4S. Many regretted installing the then new operating system when they noticed the noticeable performance drops. Apple now has to make up for this misleading by paying appropriate compensation. Considering the positive economic development of the tech company, it will probably not be too painful for Apple.