South Korean iPhone users sues Apple for damages

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About 64000 South Korean iPhone users lodged the country’s biggest ever class action lawsuit against Apple, authorities said on Friday.

Hannuri, a local law firm that represents 63,767 iPhone users, filed the lawsuit.

The damages are worth tens of millions of US dollars. Customers demand the damage of 188 US dollars per plaintiff, 12 million US dollars in total.

The report suggests that around 400,000 iPhone customers sought to join the legal action but the number fell in the course of verifying identification and offering necessary documents.

The company was accused of slowing down its iPhones through software tweak to force users to buy newer models once it is released. In their defense, the iPhone maker, Apple said that its software intentionally slowed some models to protect them from automatically shutting down.

The local law firm said that though Apple recognized the underperformance of iPhones via iOS upgrade, it covered up the truth in offering the software to hide the faulty battery, prevent customer secession and promote the sale of its newer models.

Civic group activists, which represent 122 and 401 iPhone users each, filed their respective class action suits against Apple and Apple Korea twice this year (mid-January & early March) for damages worth 2,070 U.S. dollar per person.

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