Apple is facing more 'batterygate' lawsuits in Europe

New class-action claims the company acted "utterly irresponsibly" by slowing the performance of older iPhones

A hand holding an iPhone 7 in Rose Gold

Apple is facing more class-action lawsuits in Europe over its practice of slowing down older iPhones.

Consumer watchdog Euroconsumers said in a statement that it has filed class-action lawsuits against Apple in Belgium and Spain over an iOS update that throttled iPhone performance, with two more suits planned for Italy and Portugal.

The legal action is similar to cases in the US and claims the company misled users about iPhone battery power and software updates that throttled device performance. Last month, Apple agreed to pay out $113 million to settle a case with multiple regulators in 34 states, including California and Arizona.

Euroconsumer's lawsuit covers around three million iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE models sold in Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain between 2014 and 2020.

“Consumers are increasingly upset by products wearing out too quickly, the iPhone 6 models being a very concrete example of that,” Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Not only does it cause frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view it is also utterly irresponsible.”

She added that “Apple pushed updates to mask problems with the battery, knowing it would slow down phones”, and that European consumers "just want to be treated with the same respect that was given to consumers in the United States."

The organisation said that moves to resolve to issue with Apple out of court were unsuccessful and would now be seeking compensation of €60 on average for each consumer affected by the issue. 

In a statement, Apple said that it would never “do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

"Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that," a spokesperson added.

Featured Resources

How virtual desktop infrastructure enables digital transformation

Challenges and benefits of VDI

Free download

The Okta digital trust index

Exploring the human edge of trust

Free download

Optimising workload placement in your hybrid cloud

Deliver increased IT agility with the cloud

Free Download

Modernise endpoint protection and leave your legacy challenges behind

The risk of keeping your legacy endpoint security tools

Download now

Recommended

Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers
web browser

Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers

18 Jan 2022
El Salvador becomes latest target of Pegasus spyware
spyware

El Salvador becomes latest target of Pegasus spyware

13 Jan 2022
Mac shipments grew at twice the pace of PCs in 2021
Hardware

Mac shipments grew at twice the pace of PCs in 2021

13 Jan 2022
Apple becomes world's first $3 trillion company
business management

Apple becomes world's first $3 trillion company

4 Jan 2022

Most Popular

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD
Microsoft Windows

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD

4 Jan 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug
email delivery

Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug

4 Jan 2022