Thousands of Vietnamese consumers have joined in a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc., accusing the U.S. tech company of intentionally slowing their iPhones without consent. Lawyers Tran Manh Tung and Nguyen Ngoc Hung filed the case against Apple Vietnam Co. Ltd. with the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on January 12 on behalf of some 3,500 local iPhone owners. “We are waiting to see if the court will require us to submit any additional documents in order to officially launch the lawsuit,” Tran Manh Hung, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday. Both Tung and Hung work for the Ket Noi law office under the Hanoi Bar Association. The 600-page case file accuses Apple of using a software update to deliberately slow the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE without notifying users beforehand. The lawyers demand that Apple provide a fix for the issue, compensate the affected users, and prevent software updates and … [Read more...] about Nearly 3,500 Vietnamese take Apple to court over slowing iPhone
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Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 7 isn't a major upgrade on the previous version, despite its various updates and features—and the well-flagged news that the smartphone has no headphone jack. That said, the iPhone has been a game-changer. It helped Apple become the world's most valuable company and has swept aside many a rival device over its lifespan, contributing to the decline of household names from BlackBerry to Nokia. Here's a look at its evolution over the years. Introducing the iPhone The first model debuts in 2007, ushering in the era of smartphones. While other devices had featured touchscreens, Apple's was the first to package the technology so that it worked seamlessly. The iPhone gets its first upgrade, with 3G offering faster wireless connections. The newly-launched App Store is a key element in enhancing the capabilities of the device. The iPhone 3GS in 2009 isn't a major upgrade, offering only marginal improvements in speed. The iPhone 4, which debuts in 2010, is … [Read more...] about Here’s how much (or little) Apple’s iPhone has changed through the years
Apple jack axe ushers in a voice-driven world. The new Apple iPhone has something missing: the small socket millions of us have used for years to plug in headphones. While some fans opposed the widely anticipated move - one online petition urging Apple to keep the headphone jack drew more than 300,000 signatures - equipment suppliers and experts heralded a change in how users will interact with their devices. Axing the jack, they say, paves the way for discreet, bean-sized earbuds that can simultaneously translate, filter out unwanted noise or let us control other devices by voice - and drive up the value of the so-called 'hearables' market to $16 billion within five years. It's the vision of the futuristic 2013 movie "Her", where a human has a love affair with a disembodied voice in his ear. But some who follow the industry say it's closer than many think, noting improvements in wireless technologies, materials, artificial intelligence and battery life. "It's surprisingly … [Read more...] about New iPhone 7 ditches the audio jack; offers adapter
With iPhone users in some countries having filing lawsuits against Apple over its intentionally slowing down older devices as their batteries have aged, Vietnamese consumers are pondering over whether they could take similar legal actions against the U.S. tech titan. In mid-December, Apple confirmed that it had slowed down the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE through a software update that it said was meant to “smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the [devices] from unexpectedly shutting down.” The smartphone maker cited lithium-ion batteries, which are used in iPhones, as the reason behind this feature. “[Lithium-ion batteries] become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, or as they age over time, which can result in the [devices] unexpectedly shutting down to protect [their] electronic components,” Apple said, claiming that the software update prevented this from … [Read more...] about Can Vietnamese users sue Apple for iPhone slowdowns?
Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend. All the lawsuits - filed in U.S. District Courts in California, New York and Illinois - seek class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide. A similar case was lodged in an Israeli court on Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported. Apple did not respond to an email seeking comment on the filings. The company acknowledged last week for the first time in detail that operating system updates released since "last year" for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a feature "to smooth out" power supply from batteries that are cold, old or low on charge. Phones without the adjustment would … [Read more...] about Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones