A day after Apple issued an apology for deliberately slowing down the performance of older iPhone models to compensate for the latter's aging batteries, two of its rivals released their own statements, clearing the air for their respective users and followers.
Tech giants Samsung and LG released their official comments on the matter, saying that they do not engage in a similar move as Apple's controversial decision. The two companies stressed that they will not resort to such practice, which has now placed Apple under fire.
"Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile's top priority," said Samsung in a statement to Phone Arena. "We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone," the statement went on to say.
LG, on the other hand, echoed the same sentiments in a shorter manner. "Never have, never will! We care what our customers think," said LG's statement, also addressed to Phone Arena.
Apple is currently in the midst of facing lawsuits filed by users of older iPhone models who complained about their smartphones slowing down. Apple recently admitted that they deliberately slowed down the performance of older iPhone models like the iPhone 6 to compensate for their aging batteries.
With iPhone users raising their complaints, the tech giant decided to offer iPhone battery replacements worth $29 each, down from a regular price of $79, CNet reported. Apple also confirmed that the replacement batteries will restore the old speed and performance of the old iPhone models.
"We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away," said Apple in a statement to TheVerge. "Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited," Apple added.
Apple is expected to ramp up its production of the replacement batteries to meet the looming spike in demand this month.