Apple to pay $113 million in new 'batterygate' settlement

Ruben Fields
November 20, 2020

According to an Arizona filing, millions of users were affected by power shutoffs. Earlier this year, the company agreed to a $500 million class-action settlement to pay affected users.

Apple Inc will pay $113 million to settle allegations from 33 USA states and the District of Columbia that it slowed down iPhones to mask battery issues and get users to purchase new devices, state officials announced on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged that iPhone 6 and 7 generation phones were equipped with batteries that were susceptible to unexpected power-offs when those batteries could not provide sufficient voltage to support phone processing performance.

But Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a court document made public on Wednesday: "Many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple". Replacing a failing battery successfully fixes the problem that leads to shutdowns.

"Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things", he added. Dozens of Redditors reported having responsiveness issues as well with the Mini, with many users noting the issue appeared to be protective cases on their phones (both ones from Apple and ones from third parties).

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Krebs shared one tweet by Hammill that claimed Krebs was sacked "for refusing to lie" to the president. "Christopher Krebs is a deeply respected cybersecurity expert who worked diligently to safeguard our elections".

MacRumours got their hands on the document addressed to Apple Authorized Service Providers that says Apple is now investigating the issue.

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.

After the throttling was discovered, Apple apologized and launched a battery replacement program that saw the company offering batteries for older devices for $29.

Republican attorneys general in 11 U.S. states last month joined the U.S. Justice Department in an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google, and large, bipartisan groups of attorneys general have ongoing investigations into Google and Facebook Inc over potentially deceptive and anticompetitive practices. Another $24.6 million is going to California's state and county prosecutor offices. The latter two states have the nation's Nos.

This new fine was announced on Thursday morning in Arizona, the culmination of a lawsuit brought by more than 30 USA states.

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