Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone 'batterygate'2020-11-19 18:08 by Daniela
Tags: Apple, iPhone
Apple has agreed to settle yet another investigation into its iPhone "batterygate" scandal by paying $113 million. The settlement is with 34 states that have sued the tech giant, led by Arizona, Arkansas and Indiana, for concealing its practices of throttling the performance of older iPhone models with degraded batteries from their owners.
The state prosecutors claim Apple manipulated consumers by introducing a software update in December 2016, which could crank down the CPU processing on iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and SE models. Thirty-three US states claimed that Apple had done this to drive users into buying new devices.
The scandal first emerged in 2017 when users noticed that their older phone's performance suffered when they tried to install and run newer versions of iOS. By December of that year, Apple had admitted to the practice, explaining that the company had done so to prevent older devices from shutting down unexpectedly due to excessive draw on their aged batteries. The public was having none of that which subsequently prompted a formal apology and refund offers from the company.
"Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they conceal important information from users."
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