Apple may face new lawsuit from two Australian firms

(Reuters/Robert Galbraith)Apple may face another lawsuit, this time coming from Australia.

Apple has already rolled out its battery replacement program globally, though Apple's woes resulting from their move to compensate for aging batteries seem to be far from over.

According to, two Australian law firms are looking to file a class lawsuit against the tech giant after the latter's admission of slowing down older iPhone models. The news said that the looming court battle traces its roots back in December of last year when Reddit users discovered that the makers of the popular iPhones rolled out updates that deliberately slowed down the performance of some of their previous flagship smartphone models.

The report said that the class suit will be spearheaded by Shine Lawyers, representing Australian iPhone users who were affected by the said software update. "In Australia, we will be looking at a class action for strict product liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and a violation of consumer trust," said Jan Saddler, Shine Lawyers expert on class actions in an interview with Business Insider.

"There was no express consent among iPhone users to have their phones slowed down," Saddler added. Furthermore, Saddler noted that the Shine Lawyers will come out with a final decision on whether or not they will push through with the suit within the early parts of 2018.

In addition, she also stressed that Apple "misled millions of consumers globally into believing that their iPhones were malfunctioning, causing them to upgrade to newer and more costly devices," a move that she said gave the company "unfair sales advantage" against its industry rivals.

In line with Apple's rollout of the replacement program in a global manner, the company has also launched the replacement efforts in India earlier this week. The rollout in the South Asian country came way ahead of schedule, as it was earlier said to take place toward the end of January, said a report from India Today.

The prices of the replacement batteries start at Rs 2,000, which is much lower than the regular price of Rs 6,500. Those who are eligible to replace their batteries under the program are iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users.