BLF FILES FIRST LAWSUIT IN OHIO AGAINST APPLE FOR SLOWING DOWN IPHONES

January, 2018

On December 20, 2017, Apple Inc. publicly admitted that recent updates to the iOS 10 and iOS 11 Updates deliberately slowed down older iPhones, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.  The updates damaged the functionality of older phones and even rendered them inoperable. 

On December 28, 2017, after much public criticism, Apple issued an apology for "how we have communicated." 

While Apple now claims that the deliberate slow-down in functionality was designed to offset shut-down issues with older batteries, customers have instead experienced reduced  battery life since the iOS 10 and iOS 11 updates.

Apple Inc. did not warn iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 owners of the potential consequences of downloading the  iOS 10 and iOS 11 updates until months after the updates were released to the public. Instead, Apple Inc. deceptively touted the necessity of the updates and the purported improvements that would result from the updates.

For example, in advertising for the security updates on its website, Apple Inc. emphasized the necessity of the updates by stating: "Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your Apple product's security."  

Nowhere did Apple Inc. ever disclose to its customers that the updates would negatively affect the iPhones and their functionality.

On January 4, 2018, Brown Law Firm filed the first complaint in Ohio against Apple Inc. for violating the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act §4165.01 et seq and committing Common Law Fraud.