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Apple Faces $999 Billion Lawsuit for Slowing Down iPhones

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Following allegations that Apple was “slowing down” older phones, the company now faces eight class action suits, one of which asks for almost $1 trillion in damages.

As Patently Apple reports, the $999 billion lawsuit was filed by one Violetta Mailyan in California, stating that “each member of the Class had to buy a newer iPhone model because the performance of their older iPhone model had slowed down as a result of [the] Defendant’s purposeful conduct.”

Mailyan’s suit goes on to claim that, had Apple disclosed that it slowed down iPhones, Class members could have obtained new batteries rather than replace their devices. Other plaintiffs reiterate that the “throttle” defect forced them into upgrading their handsets.

Meanwhile, Reuters states that the lawsuits have been filed in California, New York, and Illinois, while the newspaper Haaretz reported a similar case was lodged in an Israeli court on Monday.

Apple has yet to comment on the filings but insisted last week that it did not “slow down” older phones. The company said that iOS updates released in 2016 for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 arrived with a tweak which would “smooth out” the power supply from batteries that are cold, old or low on charge.

Despite the quixotic figure, Apple will need to put up a defense in court. Chris Hoofnagle, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, told Reuters that he believes the company may not have done anything wrong. “We still haven’t come to consumer protection norms around aging products,” Hoofnagle wrote. Citing a phone with a security flaw as an example, he continued, “the ethical approach could include degrading or even disabling functionality.”

Stay posted for further information.

In other Cupertino news, new AirPods are coming in the new year.

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PUMA Unveils Game-Changing Fit Intelligence Technology

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PUMA today announced its latest footwear technology. Dubbed Fit Intelligence (Fi), it is the successor to AutoDisc, which launched just two years prior.

According to the German sportswear giant Fi “is designed to automate, fine tune, and adjust performance fit for PUMA footwear.”

With Nike building on its auto-lacing technology with the Adapt BB and adidas forging ahead with its accelerated footwear production at its SPEEDFACTORY locations, PUMA looks to bring its own, game-changing technology to market.

The first Fi footwear to launch is a running shoe that employs a micromotor that powers a cable lacing system. Simply gesturing up or down on the forefoot Fi module tightens or loosens the lacing system. Additionally, it comes with a smart sensing capability that adapts to the shape of the foot of each wearer.

Using an app, sneakerheads can monitor, adjust, and fine tune their Fi-equipped footwear.

“We have created a product that speaks to the future of sport which is life in motion. It’s fast and changing all the time,” said Charles Johnson, PUMA’s Global Director of Innovation.

Fi is the latest step in PUMA’s continued attempt to push the boundaries of performance and lifestyle product. In 1968 PUMA debuted the first laceless sports shoe with Velcro™ straps and followed that up in 1991 with the first cable closure, seen on the PUMA Disc.