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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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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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