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Russians have joined the queue of iPhone users who are suing Apple for slowing down older devices, with a group planning to take the American technology company to court.

The first cases are expected to be filed this week, according to lawyers at the National Legal Finance Group and Lex Borealis.

They were quoted by the Russian business daily Kommersant as saying that NLF would cover the costs of the plaintiffs in return for a share of any potential damages. Lex Borealis is expected to provide legal support.

Apple admitted in December that the latest iteration of its iOS operating system restricts the computing power of some iPhone models in order to cut the risk of unexpected shutdowns.

Its mea culpa came two days after Geekbench founder John Poole wrote a post about iPhone performance as a function of battery age.

American iPhone users have already lined up in California, New York and Illinois to join class-action lawsuits over the poor battery performance. A case has also reportedly been filed in Israel.

The website RT reported that the NLF Group was speaking to the first 10 complainants, according to managing director Maksim Karpov.

"[If there is] a successful legal precedent we will easily increase this number to several hundred,” he said.

The Russian lawyers said if devices were slowed down, it would amount to "obvious disadvantage of a product", a phrase taken from laws about consumer rights.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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