Apple Paying $113 Million to Settle U.S. iPhone Throttling Investigation

Daniel Fowler
November 22, 2020

We had reported about this issue earlier, many iPhone 12 mini users had complained about the locked screens on their device being unresponsive in places, and the issue was widespread enough for it to be a problem. In turn, the attorneys claimed that Apple behaved this way with the understanding that it could profit from people who thought they needed to upgrade to a new iPhone because their existing one was running slowly or shutting down unexpectedly. While this was done in order to slow the effects of battery ageing, Apple still found itself in the middle of a class action lawsuit, which has now been settled three years later. A French competition watchdog fined the company $US27 million in February for purposefully slowing performance on older iPhones without telling users about it.

Apple first denied that it purposely slowed down iPhone batteries, then said it did so to preserve battery life. Some users were not able to accept incoming calls either because of this issue.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined more than 30 attorneys general in a $113 million settlement with Apple Inc regarding the company's 2016 decision to throttle customers' iPhone speeds.

While the company has never acknowledged any wrongdoing on its part, it has issued an apology and agreed to offer customers a replacement battery at a deeply discounted price. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich stated in a complaint that several users decided that the only way to get enhanced performance was to buy a newer-model iPhone from the company.

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The Mini-LED display is expected to allow better local dimming in the display in order to achieve better contrast ratio. The iPad is expected to be the first of many other Apple products that will make use of this display technology.

However, legal challenges continued.

Users of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 will be eligible for $25 payouts. For Arizona's share it will be used to pay for the attorney fees and to fund future investigations relating to consumer protection. "Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things".

"Apple withheld information about their batteries that slowed down iPhone performance, all while passing it off as an update", Becerra said in a statement.

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