New lawsuits, including one in Illinois, are popping up against iPhone maker Apple for deliberately slowing down phones’ operating speeds.Five people are suing Apple in federal court in Chicago. They say the company deliberately slowed down the processing speeds with software updates in the months before a new model was released. The suit alleges Apple did this to nudge people into spending hundreds of dollars on new phones.An attorney for the plaintiffs, James Vlahakis, says those unassuming updates got a reputation for causing problems with the phones.
Vlahakis’ office is getting calls from people from all over the world seeking to join the lawsuit.
As with any case like this, the plaintiffs will have to prove that Apple purposely did something to harm them. That could prove to be a challenge.