Earlier this week, Apple came under fire for allegedly slowing down old iPhone models intentionally. All the hubbub started with a Reddit post, and then many others began putting the pieces together.
When contacted by The Verge for comment about the controversy, Apple pretty much owned up to it, though the company stated it enacted this measure in order to fix battery issues and hardware failure. Many, however, felt it was just a ploy to get consumers to purchase newer iPhone models. Shortly thereafter, Apple was hit was a class-action lawsuit.
The two men behind the lawsuit, which was filed in California, claimed that Apple slowing down older iPhone models was a ploy to target consumers' wallets, and that it disrupted the consumer experience. They also stated customers never agreed to Apple's decision to slow down performance speeds in order to conserve battery life.
Now, Atlas Consumer Law in Illinois has added a second class-action lawsuit to the mix. In a press release, Atlas stated that the "iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very purpose in mind—fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple."
The release goes on to state, "Apple's failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone's performance is being deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information."
The suit was filed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, by two people from Illinois, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, all of whom had a range of iPhone models between the 5 and 7.