Apple apologises for deliberately slowing down older iPhones

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Momoko Toyotake tries to use Apple's new iPhone 7 (R) and 7 Plus after they went on sale at the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 16, 2016

Momoko Toyotake tries to use Apple's new iPhone 7 (R) and 7 Plus after they went on sale at the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 16, 2016

WEB_PHOTO_iPhone 7 and 7 Plus_30092016

Momoko Toyotake tries to use Apple's new iPhone 7 (R) and 7 Plus after they went on sale at the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 16, 2016

Momoko Toyotake tries to use Apple's new iPhone 7 (R) and 7 Plus after they went on sale at the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 16, 2016

JOHANNESBURG - Tech giant Apple has apologised to customers for deliberately slowing the performance of older iPhone models.

The company admitted last week that it issued updates to deliberately slow down some phone models with old or poor functioning batteries.

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At least eight separate class-action lawsuits have been filed in the US in relation to the admission.

Users say Apple’s move was done without their consent and was aimed at masking a battery defect.

Apologising to customers, the tech company says it had cut the cost of iPhone battery replacements by more than 60% in the US.