A consumer advocacy group in Europe has filed the latest class action lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company deliberately reduced the number of older iPhones in Italy. First reported TechCrunch In a new lawsuit, owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus models sold in Italy between 2014 and 2020 – or about about 60 million per device – paid 60 60 million (approximately $ 73 million). Looking for Euroconsumers, an umbrella advocacy organization in the European Union that includes Italy’s Altroconsumo, says € 60 is the average amount consumers pay to replace their devices’ batteries.
When consumers buy the Apple iPhone, they expect durable quality products. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the iPhone 6 series, “said Els Bruggeman, head of policy and implementation at Euroconsumers. “Not only have consumers been deceived, but they are also irresponsible from an environmental point of view.”
Euroconsumers filed two similar lawsuits in December on behalf of member Argus Test Test-Achats in Belgium and the OCU in Spain in December. The group said in a press release that it intends to hold a fourth trial in Portugal.
An Apple spokesman said in an email: “We have never – and never will – deliberately shorten the life of any Apple product, or run user upgrades. To be humiliated. ” way to. “Our goal has always been to develop products that our customers love, and making iPhones as long as possible is an important part of that.”
Apple agreed to a million 500 million settlement in the United States last March after admitting to slowing down older iPhones. It compensated users who bought an iPhone 6 or 7, who were roaming around to save battery life. The issue stems from the tech giant’s “Battery Gate” controversy, when iPhone users discovered in 2017 that iOS batteries had a life-limiting range. Apple did not disclose to consumers that this feature – which was intended to address phone performance issues. Consumers said that if they had known about the slowdown feature, they would have replaced the battery instead of buying a brand new phone, as many did.
The company agreed to a second settlement in November – this time, with 34 U.S. states – for an additional 3 113 million. The state attorney general said Apple “fully understands” that by deliberately slowing down older phones, the company could benefit from people buying new phones instead of replacing batteries. Apple has denied any wrongdoing in the settlement.