Apple caught slowing down

The names Benjamin Lazarus, Jeffrey Aberman, Stephen Margolis, Sandy Brodsky, and Victoria Childs are probably unfamiliar to most. But inthe days to come, they may become more popular.

They are the first to file a lawsuit against Apple for the company’s failure to disclose that “Apple has been purposely slowing down the processor of its iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and certain iPhone 7 models through operating system software updates”. 

What follows from here may have tremendous repercussions on Apple if millions more iPhone users from around the world latch on to the class-action suit.

On December 20,  Apple confirmed that it has been slowing the performance of these iPhone devices with lower-capacity batteries to prevent accidental shutdowns.

This confirmed the suspicions of many who were wondering why their smartphones were not performing as fast as they should.

The question to ask is, “Is Apple the only one to resort to such measures?”

What about Microsoft Windows? While updates are presumably to make the PC better, they seem to have an impact on computers, especially older machines running on older versions of the operating system. The updated PCs can not only become sluggish when running programs but take a longer time to boot up.

Before the advent of the PC and subsequently mobile devices, most electronic appliances last a long time. Television sets, washing machines and such are good for a decade or more of use.

But the PC changed all that with constant chip upgrades followed by new versions of applications demanding more processing power, forcing users to change or upgrade their devices every two to three years.

This cycle continued for decades until a few years ago when the economic slowdown impacted IT expenditure.

Companies and individuals became more conscious of spending and many held on to their existing investments a little longer.

Hopefully, the iPhone slow down case is just about preventing accidental shutdowns and not to arm twist users to buy new products.