After Apple admitted to slowing down iPhone CPUs earlier this month, as many as eight class action lawsuits claiming that the company has robbed plaintiffs of the functionality and value of their devices have been filed. However, according to a report by Patently Apple, one is seeking a payout a bit larger than the rest — $999 billion, to be exact.
The lawsuit, filed by Violetta Mailyan in the Central District of California, alleges the following:
The filed complaint goes on to say that the iPhone slowdowns are unlawful due to the fact that Apple intentionally deceived users, failing to disclose both the fact that the slowdowns were happening at all and that slowed performance could be remedied more cheaply by purchasing a new battery (rather than splurging on a a whole new phone). What's more, there was no way that users could discover this information with any real certainty on their own.
Apple copped to slowing down older iPhone models with worn-out lithium-ion batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns in a statement to TechCrunch, after Reddit user TeckFire noticed that their iPhone was running noticeably faster post-battery replacement.
Though the consensus among iPhone owners is obviously that Apple should have been clear about the intentional slowdowns (and perhaps should have offered users the option to choose performance over battery life), $999 billion seems like a payout of cartoonish proportions for any lawsuit, let alone one regarding smartphone function.
Do you feel that asking Apple for $999 billion is ridiculous, or do you feel the price fits the offense? Share your opinion with us in the comments.
Updated December 26, 2017: This article has been updated to include a link to the court document obtained by Patently Apple revealing the $999 billion lawsuit.
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Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.