The Sunday Times,
Every smartphone available today can surf the web, play games, stream videos, take decent pictures — and even make phone calls. So why upgrade? For many, the urge to buy a new handset kicks in only when their current model has trouble opening apps or downloading messages.
That is no accident, according to a series of lawsuits launched last month against Apple in America. They accuse the world’s most valuable company of using software updates deliberately to slow down devices — in effect prodding consumers to upgrade.
“Apple’s failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone’s performance … if proven, constitutes the unlawful … withholding of material information,” say the lawyers for one suit. Another suit says: “[Consumers] were never given the option…