A judge ruled against a South Korean iPhone user who sued Apple for batterygate and planned obsolescence without detailed justification. In other countries where similar lawsuits have been filed, Apple has had to pay hefty fines.
In a major blow to consumers worldwide battling planned obsolescence, a South Korean iPhone customer lost a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday, prompting the Cupertino-based tech giant to , was accused of deliberately slowing the performance of older devices to entice customers to buy newer devices. thing.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled against 9,800 South Korean iPhone users who sued Apple. The court dismissed the petition without giving detailed reasons and ordered the plaintiff to pay court costs in accordance with court proceedings.
The long-running “battery gate” scandal began in 2017, when claims surfaced that the global tech giant intentionally slowed down the performance of some iPhone models to conserve the device’s battery life.
A lawsuit filed in 2018 alleges that Apple not only lied about the fact that iPhone batteries struggled to run the latest iOS software. Instead of offering replacement batteries, Apple encouraged consumers to download the latest software upgrades.
Plaintiffs claimed that the upgrade caused their iPhones to malfunction and slow down. iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 devices were the most vulnerable devices.
Apple initially denied that it intentionally slowed down iPhones because of the battery. However, the company later said it did so to extend battery life and the move was not intended to encourage consumers to buy new batteries.
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