Apple to Pay $113 Million to Resolve Claims Over iPhone Battery

Ruben Fields
November 19, 2020

Apple will pay a $US113 million settlement in an investigation into the company's practice of intentionally slowing old iPhones down, a move that some customers perceived as a tactic to force them into purchasing new, more expensive models.

If you have forgotten already, Apple admitted to pushing out an update to throttle the performance on older iPhones to preserve battery life back in 2017.

But state attorneys general led by Arizona found that Apple, the most valuable company in the world, acted deliberately to spur people to buy new iPhones.

The deal with a coalition led by Arizona, Arkansas and IN is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached IN March to pay affected iPhone owners up to $500 million to stem a class action.

The deal is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay affected iPhone owners up to $500m in a class action lawsuit.

MI will get more than $2.6 million as part of the settlement, a news release said Wednesday.

Apple did not immediately reply to request for comment. The company maintained that it wasn't necessary for iPhone users to replace their phones. It is termed as "Batterygate" and sits alongside other big Apple blunders, such as bendgate.

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The lawsuit, brought by 33 states and the District of Columbia, claimed Apple mislead its customers into believing they needed new devices, instead of letting them know they could upgrade their batteries and avoid numerous issues they were dealing with.

Eventually, in December 2017, Apple did admit to the battery slowdowns, leading the company to issue a rare apology. Apple, though, has never acknowledged any wrongdoing.

Arizona Attorney General Brnovich said the settlement on Wednesday exposed Apple's deceptive behavior around battery throttling.

"Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions". Customers from Apple's home state of California will receive $24.6 million as part of the overall settlement.

"I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they hide the truth from their users", he said.

Apple must provide the information in various forms on its website, in update installation notes and in the iPhone user interface itself.

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