Apple is facing a string of lawsuits after it was revealed that Apple deliberately slowed down iPhones with aging batteries and kept mum about it until independent investigations were conducted. At least nine lawsuits -- eight in the US and one in Israel -- were filed against company regarding this matter. One lawsuits alleged that the batteries' inability to cope with processing speeds without a software patch was a defect, and that Apple should provide free battery replacements. Others say that Apple led many users to misdiagnose the cause of their phone's slowdown, forcing them to change a newer model instead of replacing the battery at a fraction of the cost. The Cupertino-based company had released a statement last week clarifying that the lithium-ion batteries' ability to handle intensive tasks under strenuous conditions -- such as extreme cold weather -- becomes diminuished as they age, and this may lead to iPhones shutting down abruptedly. Thus, they released software patches to enable iPhones with older batteries to still run without sudden breakdowns, albeit slower. One was released in January this year, targeting the iPhone 6, 6s and SE series, while another was released this month, targeting the iPhone 7. Also Read: Thailand is about to get its first Apple store in Bangkok But many netizens have rebuffed Apple's explanation, citing that the company's disclosure had come only a year after the patch was released -- and only after an inquiry; And as a result of Apple's opaqueness on the matter, many users may have opted to change to a new phone altogether instead of just getting the battery replaced.
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