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Looks like time is not in Apple's favor. In December, the company had published a note admitting that it intentionally slows down older iPhone models with degrading batteries to prevent sudden shut downs. Soon after Apple found itself in hot water over its own statement. In just a course of a few days, many lawsuits were filed against the company for breaching the trust of its customers.
Now, Apple is slapped with one of the largest class-action suits ever filed against the company. Over 3,70,000 people in South Korea are filing a case against the tech firm for making their iPhones go slow on purpose. A local law firm called Hannuri Law asked for people to join the lawsuit whose iPhones were affected by Apple's policy. The lawsuit started last month with around 67,000 individuals and now the number has crossed 370,000.
Filed with the Seoul Central District Court, the lawsuit accuses the iPhone maker of violating local legislation which requires companies to share all details of software upgrades. This law ensures that customers have the liberty to choose whether they want to receive new updates.
As per the lawsuit, Apple has violated these regulations by forcing iPhones to install new iOS updates that eventually slowed down the devices. The lawsuit also asks the company to pay $2,000 to each person involved in the lawsuit and whose iPhone was affected by the slowdown.
Apple, on the other hand, has not made any comments on the lawsuit. We don't even expect the company to release any statement.
As stated, this is not the first time for the Cupertino-giant to face a lawsuit. Last month, a group of people in the US had filed a federal lawsuit against Apple. The plaintiffs said that Apple's practices are "deceptive, immoral and unethical" as they violate consumer protection laws.
Soon after, a class action suit was filed against the company over the same issue. Two Israelis also sued Apple for wrongfully concealing information from its customers and claimed a payout of $125 million.
Apple's public acknowledgment of intentionally slowing down older iPhones is clearly backfiring at the company. Now, it remains to be seen how the company tackles with all these problems.