Korean-based CUCS files a complaint against Apple for performance slow-downs
Seoul-based Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty (CUCS) just filed a complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook, Korean Herald reports. Apple’s decision to throttle performance on older iPhone units, CUCS claims, scams users into buying newer, more expensive phone models. In fact, this rumor of “planned obsolescence” strategy also remains afloat, to date.
Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has since opened a probe with its intellectual property crime unit.
It took several benchmarking firms and Reddit users confirming slower performance on devices before Apple openly admitted throttling these devices. It also clarified its decision emerges from the need to prevent older batteries from random phone shut downs, resulting in multiple deceptive practice lawsuits.
A few weeks ago, Apple offered frustrated customers battery replacements for $50 less, and promised more transparency in future iOS versions. Nonetheless, the controversy remains at bay. Similarly, Cook also promised future iOS versions allowing users to turn off performance throttling altogether.
Herald also reports the CUCS filing a compensation suit of $2,000 per plaintiff, against Apple and its local division.