Dec 22, 2017

Apple facing lawsuits for slowing down older iPhones

A customer tries out a new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store in Chicago. Photo: Kiichiro Sato / AP

Two lawsuits have been filed against Apple on Thursday by plaintiffs in California and Illinois, who argue that the company did not have consent to slow down their iPhones, according to multiple reports.

Background: The legal challenges come after the company admitted, under specific circumstances, it does reduce performance on devices. However, it said the practice is necessary to avoid total device shutdowns on devices with underperforming batteries. The acknowledgment came after a Reddit discussion was followed up with a benchmarking firm confirming something amiss in its testing.

What's happening: The plaintiffs claim they are entitled to various forms of compensation, per the Guardian. They are also reportedly seeking class action status, along with owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the country who found similar issues.

Go deeper: Listen to Axios' Ina Fried, who spoke about the issue on Marketplace; Searches for "iPhone problems" spike near new releases

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Tanker truck plows into Minneapolis protesters

Authorities closed major roads at 5 p.m. local time in Minneapolis for the march. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said in a statement they're investigating as a criminal matter what happened with a truck that "drove into demonstrators" on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

What they're saying: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Local news footage captured a tanker truck appearing to drive toward protesters at a peaceful demonstration in Minneapolis, forcing demonstrators to quickly get out of the way of the incoming vehicle on Sunday evening.

The big picture: Protests have continued across the country for six days, as demonstrators call for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd and other other black Americans who have died in police custody or who have been killed in racist attacks.

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").