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Batterygate is a controversy over Apple Inc.'s use of software upgrades to slow down Apple devices, in order to prolong their battery life.[1]



Due to reports of iPhones shutting off with around 30% battery life, Apple released iOS 10.2.1 which throttled the CPU performance of devices with a battery in poor health.

While there had been anecdotal evidence that iPhones and other Apple products appeared to slow down just before a new launch, this was not taken seriously until hard data was posted on Reddit.[2] In response Apple issued a short letter explaining the situation.[3] On 28 December 2017 they announced that the cost of replacing an out of warranty battery would be reduced from $79 to $29.[3]


As of 11 January 2018, 32 class action lawsuits had been filed against Apple over this issue.[4]

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  1. ^ "Apple's apology for Batterygate didn't go far enough".
  2. ^ "Apple's Batterygate is great news for consumers". 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Balakrishnan, Josh Lipton, Anita (28 December 2017). "Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdowns and offers $29 battery replacements".
  4. ^ Tung, Liam. "iPhone throttling: Class actions pile up as Apple hit with 32nd lawsuit - ZDNet".

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