UK courts say Apple can’t throw out iPhone ‘Batterygate’ suit

UK court rules Apple can't dismiss 'Batterygate' lawsuit

of apple A UK judge on Wednesday rejected a request by the company to file a class action lawsuit over allegations that it uses substandard iPhone batteries. The lawsuit claims Apple used updates to slow down the functionality of the iPhone operating system to hide defective batteries.

Apple says the lawsuit is “baseless” and without merit, claiming that only a small number of iPhone 6 models had defective batteries, contrary to allegations that millions of iPhones were affected. The company says it has offered free battery replacement for affected iPhone 6 models.

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) said this trial can proceed but the lawsuit “lacks clarity and specificity” that needs to be resolved before the case goes to trial, according to filed in court Posted on Wednesday.

Last year a lawsuit was filed on behalf of 24 million iPhone users, claiming that Apple installed defective batteries in the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus. It has also been claimed that Apple’s software updates were designed to hide inadequate batteries and “throttled” iPhones. It is alleged that Apple allegedly misled consumers by not providing the alleged quality products they paid for and could result in damages of up to $2 billion.

An Apple spokesperson reiterated in a statement reuters The claims in the lawsuit are false.

“We have never and will never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of an Apple product or degrade the user experience to promote customer upgrades,” the spokesperson said.

The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investigation in 2018 Apple is discontinuing older phones, reports say With unnecessary updates. At that time, Apple reduced the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6, 6s and 6s Plus from $79 to $29 and said it would never knowingly interfere with the iPhone’s ability to function as it should.

UK lawsuit comes after Apple agreed to pay $500 million In the US over claims that it deliberately slowed down older iPhones. Consumers with affected iPhone 6, 7, and SE models began receiving payments in August.

Apple did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.


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