South Korean Consumer Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Apple Over iPhone Slowdown

South Korean Consumer Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Apple Over iPhone Slowdown

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A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook over the secret slowdown of iPhone devices, reports Reuters. The company is already facing around 50 class action lawsuits and multiple investigations related to the slowdown of iPhone devices with degraded batteries.

The advocacy group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, is accusing Apple of destruction of property and fraud.

“For the sake of its loyal fans, Apple has to take responsibility over the slowing iPhones,” Park Soon-jang, an official at the advocacy group told Reuters by phone on Friday.

Earlier this month, the group filed a civil damage suit against Apple representing about 120 plaintiffs.

In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that an upcoming software update will allow users to turn off iPhone throttling; although, as we noted, this does nothing to address the problem that is causing the unexpected shutdowns.

Below are links to replacement batteries for each iPhone below for those who want the performance boost of a new battery but can't have Apple perform the replacement for whatever reason (timing, jailbreak, location, etc).

iPhone Battery Replacements:
iPhone 4G Battery Replacement - $9.49
iPhone 4S Battery Replacement - $9.49
iPhone 5 Battery Replacement - $11.99
iPhone 5c Battery Replacement - $9.99
iPhone 5s Battery Replacement - $11.99
iPhone 6 Battery Replacement - $11.49
iPhone 6 Plus Battery Replacement - $13.49
iPhone 6s Battery Replacement - $12.49
iPhone 6s Plus Battery Replacement - $13.49
iPhone 7 Battery Replacement - $12.49
iPhone 7 Plus Battery Replacement - $19.49
iPhone SE Battery Replacement - $14.49
iPhone 8 Replacement Battery - $29.99
iPhone 8 Plus Replacement Battery - $29.99
iPhone X Replacement Battery - $54.49

Reuters also reports that yesterday Italy's antitrust body opened a probe into allegations that Apple and Samsung are using software updates to slow their mobile phones and push clients into buying new handsets. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

South Korean Consumer Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Apple Over iPhone Slowdown

John Hunt - January 22, 2018 at 2:49pm
What about the Apple Watch (aluminium version) which is painted plastic instead of aluminium?
Ang - January 22, 2018 at 1:11pm
Apple doesn’t make the battery, and that’s she he way battery technology works so you can’t blame Apple for the issue. The only thing Apple overlooked was communication to their staff at their Apple stores and to a lesser extent, the public. I think their move to slow down the phone is an interesting solution to stopping the battery from crashing you phone. Lesson learned, now go out and buy yourself a battery and stop complaining.
D4xM4Nx - January 20, 2018 at 8:57am
Thing is, Apple is trying to make a buck out of the battery fiasco instead of free battery replacements. They're bound to provide us all with the best experience they can deliver, this was a betrayal to the user: their customers. Hope a lot more suits and government agencies join the train, serves them right for their sneaky, shady practices.
The Cook - January 20, 2018 at 2:16pm
Such BS
Neolm09 - January 19, 2018 at 6:51pm
Now everybody wants a piece of them, they already took responsibility and they lowered the price for battery replacement, and they will add a switch to kill the option in a future iOS updates, what else do you want them to do ? , fu*ck, you make one fu*cking little mistake and that's it, now what ? Execute tim and blow up the company? .. Samsung made grenades that could go off in your pocket and we didn't see that much of complaints, actually it was forgotten few months later... They slow down the phone for some reasons so what, we all know that Apple's CPUs are power-hungry and they are powerful and we liked that about it, until someone step up and come up with some sort of new batteries or something, this will always be the case, we don't have all to agree the apple's decision , but it seemed as a solution at a time, someone else may approach the problem in a different way but not everybody is Apple's CEO, bottom line "don't like it don't buy it", does anybody had a gun pointed at his head while he was making the purchase! F*uck .
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