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Again, Apple to pay $113m as settlement for throttling older iPhones

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Melba Vasquez | 21 November, 2020, 00:21

"In addition to the monetary payment, Apple also must provide truthful information to consumers about iPhone battery health, performance, and power management", Brnovich's office added.

Apple's feature was meant to eliminate unexpected shutdowns that older iPhones were experiencing due to exhausted batteries, but it did so through throttling the maximum performance of devices with chemically aged batteries. States contended Apple acted deceptively and should have replaced batteries or disclosed the issue.

According to an Arizona filing, millions of users were affected by power shutoffs.

"Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who helped lead the investigation, in a press release on Thursday.

Apple, which has denied wrongdoing, declined to comment on the settlement. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they hide important information from users".

Lastly, Apple said it addressed an issue that could affect the audio quality from an iPhone to compatible hearing devices. Apple at the time did admit that the updates indeed slowed down the phones to prevent their ageing batteries from causing the devices to randomly shut down.

Back in 2017, Apple attempted to quietly patch a battery issue by throttling the speed of older iPhones such as iPhone 6, 7 and SE, but they were caught red-handed. It has now agreed to a $113 million settlement with 34 USA states and the District of Columbia for breaking the consumer protection law.

"Our Consumer Protection team used their expertise working with colleagues across the state to reach this $24.6 million settlement against Apple, making it one of the largest consumer protection judgments in the history of local California consumer protection", San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said in a statement. The latter two states have the nation's Nos 1 and 2 affected iPhone user bases.

This new investigation was launched by more than 30 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, and IN, according to a press release.

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