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"It is our mission to defend consumers and the environment against this waste organized by Apple", HOP co-founder Laetitia Vasseur said. Explaining the reason, the USA firm said this feature "smooth [ed] out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down".

On Dec. 20, Apple acknowledged that iPhone software has the effect of slowing down some phones with battery problems.

To make amends, Apple will temporarily drop the price of replacement batteries to $29 starting in late January.

The company was hit with a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that it deliberately "slows down iPhone processors" in older models of the iPhone without the consent of the phone owners.

Disgruntled iPhone users filed eight class action suits against Apple already, after the company disclosed that it intentionally slows down iPhone's' performance. It affected the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE.

The Hamon Law requires that consumers prove that they've suffered actual damage to their economic interests, which means older iPhone owners will have to demonstrate that a slower smartphone was more than just an idle annoyance.

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Apple is now facing eight lawsuits over its iPhone slowdown practice, and one of those suits is seeking almost $1 trillion in damages. It did not tell customers how the update worked at the time. Based on our experience, we initially thought this was due to a combination of two factors: a normal, temporary performance impact when upgrading the operating system as iPhone installs new software and updates apps, and minor bugs in the initial release which have since been fixed.

Bob O'Donnell of TECHnalysis Research, said "hit products" still represent "an enormous amount of the company's overall value."

We now believe that another contributor to these user experiences is the continued chemical aging of the batteries in older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices, many of which are still running on their original batteries.

Apple calls its lithium ion batteries "consumable components" in the post, meaning they're meant to be replaced.

As you might imagine, Apple is facing a backlash and lawsuits over their decision to go this route. You can also use a third-party service or order a kit to do it yourself, though those options will void an existing warranty.

Apple's public apology is a good start and the reduction in price for a battery replacement should please many disappointed customers.