Apple is one of the respected brands in the world. Over the years, it has managed to win the love and support of its users by proving the finest quality laptops, desktops, mobiles, iPads and other products.
However, presently, the company is facing a spate of lawsuits in the United States over reports that it was ‘slowing down’ older iPhones with raging batteries. Reportedly, Apple has also been sued in Israel over the same issue with the lawsuit seeking nearly $120 million in damages.
Last week, for the first time, Apple admitted openly that it has slowed down the operating system of old iPhone models. Phones without the adjustment would shut down abruptly because of a precaution designed to prevent components from getting fried, Apple said.
According to a Reuters report, Apple is facing eight class-action lawsuits in the United States. The lawsuits argue that Apple’s admission that it tweaked the performance of older iPhones in order to manage poor battery performance showed that the batteries were defective and the company was not fixing the actual problem.
The lawsuits have been filed in US District Courts in California, New York and Illinois. One of the complaints state: “Rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect.”
Now, users with old iPhone models must be thinking what they should do to avoid this problem. Here’s what we found on Apple’s support page for batteries.
The page says, “Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 16° to 22° C (62° to 72° F) as the ideal comfort zone.” Apple also says users should avoid exposing the battery to “ambient temperatures higher than 35° C (95° F)” (which sadly is India for most of the year) as this can “permanently damage battery capacity.”
According to Apple, if the battery is constantly exposed to such high temperatures, then the battery will not “power your device as long on a given charge.” Apple’s page also says, “Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Software may limit charging above 80 per cent when the recommended battery temperatures are exceeded. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary.”