The lawsuit was brought by British consumer rights campaigner Justin Gutmann on behalf of around 24 million iPhone users in Britain.
According to the lawsuit, Apple hid that the batteries in some models could not deliver the necessary energy, and solved the problem by limiting the performance of the phones as part of software updates, wrote the technology website The Verge.
Apple dismissed the lawsuit as moot and denied that the batteries in its phones were problematic. He made an exception only for some iPhone 6S devices, for which he offered a free battery replacement.
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On Wednesday, the appeals court rejected Apple’s request to block the lawsuit, according to Reuters, but pointed out that there are ambiguities in the lawsuit that need to be resolved before the trial begins.
iPhones are a key product for Apple, even though in the last financial quarter the American technology giant saw a drop in sales in its mobile business to $39.7 billion (878.7 billion crowns).
However, this sum corresponds to almost half of all the company’s sales. Those in the third financial quarter, which ended on July 1, amounted to 81.8 billion dollars (1.81 trillion CZK). The net profit in this period amounted to 19.9 billion dollars (approx. 440 billion CZK), for which Apple owes primarily to the streaming platform Apple TV and the sale of services in general.