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Pressure grows on Apple over iPhone slowdowns as South Korea demands explanation and France sees first legal complaint
  • So-called 'slow iPhone phenomenon' has been seen after each phone launch
  • It is claimed Apple intentionally slows older models to force users to upgrade
  • Apple says the software update is actually to prolong the life of the gadget
  • Angry customers have filed lawsuits accusing the firm of interfering with their devices without consent


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Q&A December 2017
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Apple Battery Debacle: Yet Another Reason to Support a Right to Repair
Posted on December 31, 2017 by Jerri-Lynn Scofield

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She now spends much of her time in Asia and is currently working on a book about textile artisans.


Apple reported earlier this month that a software update deliberately degraded performance of older iPhones, ostensibly to prevent unexpected shutdowns as the device’s battery ages, without warning users (see this post by Yves,
Quelle Surprise! Apple Rips Off Owners of Older iPhones, for further details).

Faced with a throttled iPhone– and having no clue as to why the device had slowed down– many consumers undoubtedly opted to pony up for a new device, when a simple battery replacement would have made the old phone work as before. This outcome is no doubt a feature of the Apple policy, not a bug, although in an apologia posted Thursday, the company denied that was the case. Well, they would now, wouldn’t they?

Not only does this crapification goose Apple’s profits, it also contributes to the waste crisis that threatens to bury us in plastics and ewaste, as I discussed in this previous post, Plastic Free July: What YOU Can Do to Reduce Plastics Waste.

Unsurprisingly, several lawsuits have been filed against the company, according to Reuters, in federal district courts in California, Illinois, and New York, as well as Israel. Seems to me that the company does have a bit of a case to answer here– but I’ll admit I’ve not read any of the filings, and I’ll not delve into any legal issues in this post.

Botched Battery Replacements?

Apple initially responded by botching the rollout of a program to allow customers to get a replacement battery for iPhones 6 or later. Customers could get a new battery for $29, rather than the $79 usually charged, but would have to wait until the end of January to qualify for that discount, according to CNN. The $50 discount will expire at the end of 2018. Customers must bring their iPhones into an Apple store, or mail them in for service.

On Saturday, Apple announced that the discount would be available immediately but an Apple spokesperson hinted, somewhat ominously, that further holdups might be expected, according to CNN:

“We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited,” said an Apple spokesperson in a statement.

iFixit has further picked up on this point, noting in Apple apologizes, but continues to fight against Right to Repair:

There are hundreds of millions of iPhones that need new batteries, but Apple’s only got 499 retail stores. Keeping all those iPhones operational is going to take a village — DIYers, independent pro repair shops, and of course Apple’s service centers.

For those who don’t want to wait– or have older iPhones not covered by the Apple battery discount– there is an alternative. iFixit has slashed the price of its battery replacement kits to match Apple’s $29:

In fact, $29 sounds like a pretty good price. Effective immediately, we’re cutting the prices on all of our DIY battery install kits to $29 or less as well. The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery. We also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — which are excluded from Apple’s new program.

Now, on the one hand, it’s a bit of a drag having to open up the device and replace the battery. That burden’s offset, however, by not having to stand in line at an Apple store, or surrender your phone, while you wait to have it repaired. To me, one definition of hell would be having to get anywhere near a big city Apple store during the holiday shopping period (and the returns hangover).

It seems I’m not the only one who thinks that way, as iFixit has noticed a jump in demand for its DIY alternative:

In the last week, we’ve seen an incredible 3x increase in people using iFixit to replace their batteries. Installing a new battery has a big impact, and makes your phone feel good as new. Millions of people — most with no prior electronics experience — have learned how to repair their iPhone. Just this month, 171,221 people have used our iPhone 6 battery install guide. Across all iPhone models, 509,867 people have learned how to replace their battery this month.

Right to Repair

What’s been bad for Apple has been good for iFixit. So I’m not surprised they’ve taken Rahm Emanuel’s advice not to let a crisis got to waste and are proselytizing on behalf of a right to repair:

This incident underscores the importance of maintenance and repair of electronics. Unfortunately, Apple has been leading the fight against Right to Repair legislation. That legislation would, not coincidentally, require Apple sell batteries directly to consumers and third party repair shops.

This public outcry, and the hard work of journalists around the world, has caused Apple to blink. That’s great, but their proposed fix is only temporary. Battery prices are going back up in a year, and Apple still won’t sell OEM batteries to independent shops. That needs to change.

It’s important to note that while Apple is improving their battery replacement program, every single Android phone manufacturer also refuses to sell consumers integrated batteries or other internal repair parts.

Twelve states are considering Right to Repair legislation. Manufacturers are not acting in the public’s best interest, and it’s time for that to change.

I’ve written about this issue before in Waste Not, Want Not: Right to Repair Laws on Agenda in Some States. I’m not very optimistic about the short-term prospects for these initiatives. But Apple’s battery screw-up will no doubt prod further pressure for change, particularly if significant bottlenecks develop in its battery replacement program.

One small positive development: Apple has announced an upcoming software change that will allow a consumer to monitor the health of an iPhone battery:

Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.

If Apple follows through on its pledge, it should reduce unnecessary smartphone purchases– and in a tiny way, reduce waste. And that would be something to celebrate.

This entry was posted in Environment, Guest Post, Ridiculously obvious scams on December 31, 2017 by Jerri-Lynn Scofield.

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Apple Messed Up Bad! More iPhone X Clones & Apple News!
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Apple Messed Up Pretty Bad! More Ridiculous iPhone X Clones Arrive, iOS 11.3 Features, FBI Disses Apple & More Apple News!

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Dialed In: CES 2018 Phone Highlights
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10 Dope New iPhone X & iOS 11 Tweaks!
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10 Incredible iPhone Tweaks For iPhone X & iOS 11! Dark System Elements, Visualizer In Music App, Volume HUD In Status Bar & More!

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The 'biggest leak in history': Secret Apple source code is posted online prompting fears it could lead to major breach in iPhone security
  • Source code for Apple's iBoot software was leaked on GitHub on Thursday
  • iBoot is a key component of iOS that ensures each device turns on securely
  • Security experts say the leaked source code might be used to jailbreak iPhones
  • Apple now says that the iBoot code poses fewer security risks because it's tied to outdated iOS 9 software that wouldn't affect users running newer iOS versions
  • Code was taken down after Apple demanded GitHub remove it from the site


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Pay-As-You-Go Smartphone Gives the Poor Access to Better Technology
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In the U.S. and around the world, many poor people don't have access to smartphones. But a Silicon Valley company is offering phones to customers in the U.S. and Mexico who pay in installments. If they don't pay, the phone is turned off remotely. VOA's Michelle Quinn reports.
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Girl, 18, is killed when her smartphone EXPLODES while she was talking on it in India
  • Uma Oram 'plugged the device in to charge so she could call a family member'
  • But the phone is said to have exploded at her home in India while she was talking
  • Teenager, 18, was injured and taken to a hospital where she was declared dead
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT


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In-Glass Fingerprint vs Face ID vs S9 Intelligent Scan SPEED Test!
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Update your iPhone NOW: Apple launches iOS 11.3 with improved battery management, new Animoji and a raft of privacy features to protect your data

  • Users are shown more information about how personal information is shared
  • The update will allow users to easily delete or deactivate their Apple accounts
  • It also includes improved augmented reality features and new Health records


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6 Incredible iOS 12 Concepts! Apple, Please!
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The Best iOS 12 Concepts You'll Wish Were Real. Dark Mode, New Music App, Notifications Redesign, New Control Center & More!

Actual iOS 12 Rumors: https://youtu.be/61XqTT6xea4


iUpdateOS Concept: https://youtu.be/TFUfTrgDQLA
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1st Concept: https://youtu.be/efzrU3dgSbU
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Music App Concept: https://youtu.be/FGXSsRY61aE
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NEW $130 Fake iPhone X! Realest Notch Version!
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The Newest iPhone X Clone Has a Real Notch, Face ID & Wireless Charging! Fake $130 iPhone X vs Real $999 iPhone X. Not Bad!

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Product RED iPhone 8 Unboxing & RED 7 Comparison!
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Unboxing The New Product RED iPhone 8 Plus! How Does It Look Compared To RED iPhone 7? The Black Front Is Gorgeous!

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Samsung releases $186 'dumb phone' that can't connect to the internet to help students curb social media addiction

  • Samsung has released the Galaxy J2 Pro, a phone that can't connect to the web
  • The 'dumb phone' can only do basic functions like make calls and send texts
  • The firm says it's aimed at helping students focus in the classroom, as well as for seniors who aren't quite ready to buy a tricked out device like the iPhone X
  • It still has high-end features like an 8 megapixel camera and an AMOLED screen


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FCC fines T-Mobile $40MILLION for using 'false rings' and failing to fix bad service in rural areas

  • The FCC announced it reached a settlement with T-Mobile USA on Monday
  • The FCC was investigating T-Mobile over failing to correct issues with call completion in rural areas and inserting false ring tones into calls
  • The ring tones made it seem like nobody was answering calls, when they weren't actually connecting
  • T-Mobile will pay the $40million fine, but does not need to issue refunds


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Change your iPhone password NOW: Security experts warn Apple users are at risk from new hacking programs - and it only takes them 6.5 minutes to break in

  • Secretive company has created a device that breaks through iPhone passcodes
  • Apple users have been warned to reset their passcodes as soon as possible
  • The program is called GrayKey and can break into phones within minutes


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Here comes Android P: Google reveals a totally redesigned mobile OS with iPhone X-like gesture controls, AI tools that extend battery life and features to curb smartphone addiction

  • Google revealed new details about its latest mobile operating system, Android P
  • The new OS includes a major design overhaul, better notification controls, as well as a suite of 'Digital Wellbeing' tools to limit your screen time
  • Android P has been released in beta mode for a number of eligible devices


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The shocking website flaw that let anyone track your location in real time through your cellphone

  • A researcher found a troubling flaw in phone tracking service LocationSmart that allows anyone to gain access to your location within a few hundred feet
  • A bug in a free demo made it so you could request data without users opting in
  • The flaw underscores how major wireless carriers can easily sell user data


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Annoying Whatsapp bug that hides the names of senders in message notifications leaves iPhone users frustrated: Here's how to fix it

  • Instead of seeing the sender's name, users get a notification that says Whatsapp
  • To fix the bug, go to Whatsapp Settings inside the app and click on Notifications
  • Turn it to 'Show Preview', and then go into your iPhone's settings menu
  • In Notifications, select Whatsapp, click 'Show Previews' and switch it to 'Never'


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Are these Apple's new iPhones? Leaks claim to reveal 'XL' with a 6.1-inch screen slated for release in September and redesigned SE 2 handset with a notch

  • Speculation has been building that Apple plans to release a 6.1-inch iPhone
  • Renders show off a smartphone with an LCD display and a single-lens camera
  • Separately, new leaked images claim to show what could be the iPhone SE 2, which is expected to feature a notch design and remove the headphone jack


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