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Class action suits for software update against Apple are spreading across the world from the US. The same is expected to happen in South Korea as well.
Class action suits for software update against Apple are spreading across the world from the US. The same is expected to happen in South Korea as well.
Seoul, Korea
27 December 2017 - 10:45am
Cho Jin-young

According to Patently Apple on December 26, two iPhone users living in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel recently filed a class action suit against Apple, claiming that Apple should pay them US$125 million in damages.

“Apple did not disclose the fact that our use of the iPhone is negatively affected by its software update, and this is a violation of its basic duty for customers,” they said, adding, “After a recent software update, we had a hard time using even the basic features including Web search, email check and apps, and Apple slowed down our phones by means of software update in order to increase the sales of its new iPhone.”

This is just one example of class action suits against Apple spreading across the world from the United States. The same is expected to happen in South Korea as well.

According to legal experts, iPhone users in South Korea have no reason not to file a suit. “They need to prepare sufficient evidence to prove the damage done to them, but evidence preparation in the country can be rather limited,” one of them explained, adding, “Still, even though the calculation of damages and proof of the damage are not that easy, there is still a high chance that plaintiffs will be able to get at least some compensation.”

In the meantime, Sinolink Securities has adjusted its iPhone X shipments forecast for the first quarter of next year from 45 million units to 35 million units. This seems to be because of the intentional slowdown of older iPhones. 

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